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Amenities and Rural Development

Amenities and Rural Development

Theory, Methods and Public Policy

New Horizons in Environmental Economics series

Edited by Gary Paul Green, Steven C. Deller and David D. Marcouiller

Amenities and Rural Development explores the paradigmatic shift in how we view land resources and the potential for development in amenity-rich rural regions. Amenity-based growth can lead to several paths, based largely on proximity to urban areas and the type of development that occurs, whether it be seasonal residents, retirees, or tourism. The distributional implications of amenity-led development are an important consideration for policy, both within and between communities and regions. The contributors conclude that public policy needs to focus on maximizing complementary and supplementary uses while minimizing antagonistic uses of amenities.

Chapter 15: Managing Growth and Development in a Natural-Amenity-Rich Landscape: Landowner Attitudes Toward Planning in Northwestern Wisconsin

Dana A. Jensen and Donald R. Field

Subjects: environment, environmental sociology, urban and regional studies, regional studies


15. Managing growth and development in a natural-amenityrich landscape: landowner attitudes toward planning in northwestern Wisconsin Dana A. Jensen and Donald R. Field INTRODUCTION Since the 1970s, migration to natural amenity-rich rural areas has dramatically altered the social, economic and ecological fabric of the rural landscape. Rural residents are beginning to recognize the manifestation of growth on their communities and landscape: rapid rates of new housing construction, conversion of seasonal residences to year-round homes, fragmentation of natural areas, prolific lakefront development and increasing demands for the provision of utilities and services. The above may result in an erosion of the rural character that in many cases attracted new residents or retained long-term residents in the first place. In response to this apparent threat, many rural leaders have initiated or considered land-use planning as a way to examine current issues and trends and position their community for the future. Plans are generally adopted through local elected officials or appointed committees, the process of planning for rural areas should be based on broader public participation including the individual and often divergent interests of the landowners and residents. Rural planning involves decisions that affect an individual’s use of their land. Whether a formalized planning process or in the form of incremental decision making, planning can therefore generate conflict. In the case of rural areas with a diversity of residents, long-term and new residents to an area are often thought to significantly differ regarding the values to the...

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