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Strips of urban and suburban "fabric" have extended into the countryside, creating a ragged settlement pattern that blurs the distinction between rural, urban, and suburban. As traditional rural industries like farming, forestry, and mining rapidly give way to residential and commercial development, the land at the edges of developed areas — the rural-urban fringe — is becoming the middle landscape between city and countryside that the suburbs once were.
When City and Country Collide examines the fringe phenomenon and presents a workable approach to fostering more compact development and better, more sustainable communities in those areas. It provides viable alternatives to traditional land use and development practices, and offers a solid framework and rational perspective for wider adoption of growth management techniques.
The author: reviews growth management techniques and obstacles to growth management examines the impact of federal spending programs and regulations on growth management presents a comprehensive planning process for communities and counties discusses state-level spending programs and regulations illustrates design principles for new development looks at regional planning efforts and regional governments discusses ways to protect farmland, forestland, and natural areas to help control sprawl
The book also features a series of case studies — including Albuquerque, New Mexico; Larimer County, Colorado; Chittenden County, Vermont; and others — that evaluate the success of efforts to control both the size of the fringe and growth within the fringe. It ends with a discussion of possible futures for fringe areas.
When City and Country Collide is an important guide for planners and students of planning, policymakers, elected officials, and citizens working to minimize sprawl.
List of Figures, Tables, and Photos
Chapter 1. The Metropolitan Fringe: America's Premier Land-Use Battleground
Chapter 2. How the Fringe Came to Be
Chapter 3. Obstacles to Managing Growth in the Fringe
Chapter 4. Growth Management Strategies and the Law of the Fringe
Chapter 5. Designing the Fringe: Joining Appearance and Performance
Chapter 6. Changing Federal Programs That Promote Sprawl in the Fringe
Chapter 7. Divided We Sprawl: The Role of State and Local Governments
Chapter 8. Blending Regulations and Incentives to Manage Fringe Growth
Chapter 9. Regional Planning: Making the City, Suburb, and Fringe Connection
Chapter 10. Managing Growth in the Fringe Countryside
Chapter 11. Growth Management Case Studies: Common Problems, Different Solutions
Chapter 12. The Promised Land: The Future of the Fringe
Appendix 1. A Warning About Living in the Rural-Urban Fringe
Appendix 2. Sample On-Lot Septic System Ordinance
Appendix 3. Telecommunications Tower and Antenna Ordinance
Appendix 4. Model County or Municipal Steep-Slope Overlay Zone
Appendix 5. Model Intergovernmental Agreement Between a County and a City or Village
Appendix 6. Model Transfer-of-Development-Rights Ordinance
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