Growth Management Principles & Practices

By Arthur Nelson, FAICP, James Duncan, FAICP, Clancy Mullen, Kirk Bishop

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Growth Management Principles & Practices shows how to integrate diverse growth management practices into a comprehensive system that balances potentially competing planning goals.

Nelson and Duncan argue that growth planning must be coordinated among different levels of government and across regions in order to be effective. Studies of growth trends, profiles of regulations in various stat...

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July 1, 1995
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About the Authors

Arthur Nelson
Dr. Arthur C. (Christian “Chris”) Nelson, FAICP, is Professor of Planning and Real Estate Development in the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture and Professor of Geography and Development in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona. He is also Presidential Professor Emeritus of City & Metropolitan Planning in the College of Architecture + Planning, Professor Emeritus of Finance in the Daved Eccles School of Business, Executive Director Emeritus of the Metropolitan Research Center, and Director of Emeritus of the Master of Real Estate Development Program at the University of Utah. For the past forty years, Dr. Nelson has conducted pioneering research in public facility finance, economic development, transportation and land use planning, and metropolitan development patterns. He has written nearly 30 books and more than 300 other works, and has made more than 300 scholarly and professional presentations. His current research focuses on how changing demographics and preferences will reshape metropolitan America.

James Duncan

Clancy Mullen

Kirk Bishop

Table of Contents


1. The purposes of growth management
Prevention of urban sprawl • Taxpayer protection • The economic purposes of growth management • Issues of efficient urban form • Relation to quality of life

2. State and regional growth management approaches
State approaches • Regional growth management approaches • Concluding observations

3. Resource land preservation
Overview • Resource land preservation techniques • Summary comment

4. Special-area protection
Public good protection

5. Rural growth management
Importance of rural growth management • Concluding thoughts

6. Urban containment
Urban containment principles • Urban containment techniques • Parting comments

7. Facility planning, adequacy, and timing
Overview • Categories of systems • Parting concerns

8. Facility financing
Principles of efficient facility pricing • Financing techniques • The financial smorgasbord

9. Administrative considerations: The key to effective growth management
Principles of administrative efficiency • Concluding observations

10. Pulling it all together
Ingredients of effective growth management policies • Effectiveness of growth management technique • A challenge for planners