When City and Country Collide: Managing Growth in the Metropolitan Fringe / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559635974
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 377
  • Sales rank: 1,056,974
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Daniels is director of the agricultural preserve board of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and co-author of Holding Our Ground (Island Press, 1997).

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Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables, and Photos
Preface
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
Contacts 315
Notes 319
Bibliography 335
About the Author 341
Index 343
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