Incentives, Regulations and Plans

Incentives, Regulations and Plans

The Role of States and Nation-states in Smart Growth Planning

New Horizons in Regional Science series

Edited by Gerrit-Jan Knaap, Huibert A. Haccoû, Kelly J. Clifton and John W. Frece

This unique book allows readers to compare analyses of how North American states and European nation-states use incentives, regulations or plans to approach a core set of universal land use issues such as: containing sprawl, mixed use development, transit oriented development, affordable housing, healthy urban designs, and marketing smarter growth.

Chapter 2: Containing Sprawl

Chang-Hee Christine Bae

Subjects: urban and regional studies, urban studies


Chang-Hee Christine Bae INTRODUCTION This chapter discusses a variety of policy instruments (both regulatory and incentives driven) used to contain sprawl in the United States (specifically Oregon and Washington), including urban growth boundaries. It also discusses some of the key evaluation criteria for urban containment policies. There are at least three interrelated concepts relevant to containing sprawl that are familiar to all urban planners in the United States: urban containment (narrowly defined), growth management and smart growth. However, different people attach different meanings to each of them, so comparing them is quite complicated. Some planners interpret urban containment (UC) strategies quite broadly, to include many of the growth management (GM) policy instruments, but the narrowest and possibly more precise definition would be a type of Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) to limit development inside. This could be the intended result of a specific policy (as in the prototypical Portland, Oregon case) or the incidental consequence of natural constraints – usually mountains and/or the sea, for example, Los Angeles, Juneau (Alaska), Medellin (Colombia). Urban containment strategies have been in place in one form or another for several decades both in the United States and abroad (in fact, there was a 3-mile radius containment perimeter introduced by King James I in 17th century England) (Baer 2002). The key idea is that imposing a defined boundary around a city beyond which development will be prohibited (at least up to some other jurisdiction) will simultaneously prevent sprawl outside the...

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