About OpenKnowledge@NAU | For NAU Authors

An assessment of regional growth management activity in central and western states: Working paper series--01-03

Gunderson, Ronald J. (2001) An assessment of regional growth management activity in central and western states: Working paper series--01-03. Working Paper. NAU W.A. Franke College of Business.


Download (203kB) | Preview


The results of numerous polls and several ballot initiatives show that Americans are highly supportive of policies designed to manage growth in their local communities. In response, increasing numbers of jurisdictions have adopted proposals designed to protect the environment, preserve the quality of life, and promote continued economic growth. At the same time, many municipalities and counties have adopted a regional perspective in order to manage growth in the broader community. Issues concerning transportation, urban sprawl, open space, and water usage impact all the communities in a built-up area. As a result, organizations that operate with a regional perspective have formed to address common problems and propose region-wide solutions to these issues. This paper reviews the activities of several organizations that have arisen in many of the western and central portions of the U.S. In each instance, the structure of the organization is reviewed along with its history and the goals and strategies that each has established. The premise common to most of these organizations is the use of a collaborative approach to manage growth within a region, and the adoption of smart-growth practices to address universal problems. These typically include a desire to promote continued growth while establishing policies and guidelines that preserve and protect natural resources and promote social justice. Some of these organizations rely more heavily on market-based approaches; others have adopted a more regulatory attitude. In the end, each region is trying to demonstrate how to compete in a new environment while maintaining its uniqueness and preserving those qualities that initially attracted residents to each region.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Publisher’s Statement: Copyright, where appropriate, is held by the author.
ID number or DOI: 01-03
Keywords: Working paper, managed growth, regional perspective, opinion surveys
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: The W.A. Franke College of Business
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2016 18:33
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/1637

Actions (login required)

IR Staff Record View IR Staff Record View


Downloads per month over past year