This course focuses on the management of growth using specific community examples. After an overview of the reasons why communities pursue programs to manage growth, many of the tools for growth management are described. Some of the key policy issues associated with growth management are discussed, including the use of urban growth boundaries, the impact of growth management on development costs, and the issue of sprawl. Finally, three case studies are presented to illustrate how some communities have employed growth management policies and programs: the city and county of Boulder; Steamboat Springs and Routt County; and the Town of Frederick.
To understand the policy objectives of growth management programs;
To learn about many of the specific tools and techniques of growth management;
To consider some of the most significant policy issues associated with growth management; and
To see how some sample communities approach the overall question of managing growth.
Why Manage Growth?
How Growth is Managed
The course contains numerous multiple choice exams, interactive exercises, and is completed with a multiple choice final exam.