Cooperating in land use

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Reducing brain drain the represents one of the major challenges for communities on a low growth path. Regional economies with low or declining population growth face difficult challenges in building their economies. It's not unlike riding a bicycle. As a bicycle slows down, keeping your balance becomes harder.

One strategy that makes sense is to improve the physical development of the slow-growing economies. Creating quality, connected places represents an important step that many communities can take to make their regional economy attractive. Meeting this challenge often requires an unprecedented level of local cooperation.

Physical development patterns quickly cross local political jurisdictions. Zoning often becomes one of the first challenges the region's face in building stronger collaboration. Here's an example of how local leaders are confronting this challenge in Terre Haute, Indiana. Read more.

posted by Ed Morrison |

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