Accommodating Rising Population in Rural Areas: The Case of Loudoun County, Virginia

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Raymond E. Owens

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Pierre-Daniel G. Sarte

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Date Written: 2004

Abstract

Rapidly expanding urban populations have pushed out cities' geographic reach in recent years, leading to rising population densities in previously rural areas. The influx of new residents into these areas have caught many localities unprepared to provide commensurate local infrastructure promptly, leading to congestion. Localities’ ability to provide infrastructure is made difficult by infrastructure production often involving large fixed costs as well as legal or political restrictions on their ability to generate revenues through impact fees. As a result, a variety of local policies have emerged to address increases in population, but debate continues over the effects of these policies. An examination of the primary policies employed by Loudoun County, Virginia, suggests their impact on the welfare of the county's residents.

Suggested Citation

Owens, Raymond E. and Sarte, Pierre-Daniel, Accommodating Rising Population in Rural Areas: The Case of Loudoun County, Virginia (2004). FRB Richmond Economic Quarterly, vol. 90, no. 1, Winter 2004, pp. 33-50. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2185030

Raymond E. Owens (Contact Author)

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond ( email )

P.O. Box 27622
Richmond, VA 23261
United States

Pierre-Daniel Sarte

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond ( email )

P.O. Box 27622
Richmond, VA 23261
United States

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