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Growth Management and Land Use Planning in Your Community

Towns Cities and Counties have plans setting-forth how an area should grow i.e. shopping centers, new schools, housing projects and commercial, residential, institutional or industrial development. Your Local Area Plan shows how anticipated growth is likely to affect quality of life for current and future residents as well as visitors to the community.

A Quality of Life Growth Management Plan

What Is It public opinion surveys show that the quality of life factors people view as being most affected by poorly managed growth are: schools, traffic and various environmental resources.  Other quality of life factors potentially affected by growth include: air quality; water resources such as streams, lakes, tidal waters or wells; crime; farmland loss; flooding; historic, archaeological and cultural resources; housing affordability; jobs and a healthy economy; neighborhood street safety; open space loss; park and recreation areas; placing incompatible uses near neighborhoods; police and fire services; property value; safe places to walk and bike; scenic views; shifting cost of growth from taxpayers to developers; shopping opportunities; trees and forests; wildlife.

Quality of Life Plans preserve and enhance anticipated growth if they:

present quantifiable criteria for assessing the effect of growth on each factor affected by development;

based on criteria that show how past growth has affected each quality of life factor;

show how the effect is likely to change with anticipated growth;

propose actions that prevent a decline in quality of life and enhance existing ones, and

provide factual basis for why these actions are likely to produce the benefits claimed in the plan.

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