A Growth Management Program Concept: A Rational Approach to the Dilemma of Growth and Environmental Protection

George H. Nieswand

DOI: 10.2190/LQVU-RPJK-H7BR-4X2G


There is currently an increasing general awareness and concern regarding growth and its threat to the environment, the general health, safety and welfare of the public, and the sound development of our communities. At the same time, there is a growing dissatisfaction with the processes which are currently available to deal with growth and development. This paper describes two new concepts of land use management which attempt to deal with this fundamental dilemma involving growth and environmental protection. The first is the transfer of development rights (TDR) concept which is a relatively simple zoning device designed to preserve environmentally critical natural resource areas. The second is the growth management program (GMP) concept which involves the incorporation of the TDR concept in a comprehensive planning and zoning process.

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