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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 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|
|Ch. 1||The Metropolitan Fringe: America's Premier Land-Use Battleground||1|
|Ch. 2||How the Fringe Came to Be||19|
|Ch. 3||Obstacles to Managing Growth in the Fringe||43|
|Ch. 4||Growth Management Strategies and the Law of the Fringe||65|
|Ch. 5||Designing the Fringe: Joining Appearance and Performance||87|
|Ch. 6||Changing Federal Programs That Promote Sprawl in the Fringe||107|
|Ch. 7||Divided We Sprawl: The Role of State and Local Governments||135|
|Ch. 8||Blending Regulations and Incentives to Manage Fringe Growth||159|
|Ch. 9||Regional Planning: Making the City, Suburb, and Fringe Connection||185|
|Ch. 10||Managing Growth in the Fringe Countryside||211|
|Ch. 11||Growth Management Case Studies: Common Problems, Different Solutions||239|
|Ch. 12||The Promised Land: The Future of the Fringe||261|
|App. 1||A Warning About Living in the Rural-Urban Fringe||275|
|App. 2||Sample On-Lot Septic System Ordinance||281|
|App. 3||Telecommunications Tower and Antenna Ordinance||291|
|App. 4||Model County or Municipal Steep-Slope Overlay Zone||297|
|App. 5||Model Intergovernmental Agreement Between a County and a City or Village||305|
|App. 6||Model Transfer-of-Development-Rights Ordinance||309|
|About the Author||341|