The (Somewhat) False Hope of Comprehensive Planning
34 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2015 Last revised: 2 Dec 2015
Date Written: 2015
Some commentators suggest that comprehensive planning is indispensable for smart growth (that is, less auto-centric development). This paper argues that municipal comprehensive plans, like zoning, are merely a tool that can be used to support sprawl as easily as smart growth. Thus, planning, although desirable for a variety of reasons, is not absolutely sufficient or necessary for smart growth.
Keywords: comprehensive, planning, smart growth, sprawl
JEL Classification: R52
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