The current discussion topic is Managed Growth. Give us your comments and thoughts on the following:
This was sent in reply by our visitor, Priscylla Bento: I must preface that I am a PhD student in Urban Planning & Public Policy and my dissertation topic is on planning theories and economic development. Therefore in order to answer such a loaded question such as the “definition of managed growth”, perspective must be at the root of the answer. Managed growth is relative to the community and environment at hand, not the propositions of solely one entity or person who has a passion for what they may view as managed growth. Proposed managed growth in New York City is not the same as the proposed managed growth in Rockwall, TX. Therefore ultimately the concept of managed growth is relative.
If I, as an academic and researcher, were to speak to a developer there would be various points to highlight in regards to the best approach of managed growth. However, the most important tenant to highlight would be the incessant need to thoroughly comprehend the community and environment the developer would like to come into. Garner a true comprehensive grasp of where development may be positioned and only then begin the process of proposing a methodology of development.
Thank you Priscylla for participating in our discussion of “Managed Growth” and pointing out that the term has different meanings depending on the locale. We like your cautionary message that a developer needs to thoroughly understand the community and environment before embarking on development.
What about it readers? What do you make of Priscylla’s thought provoking comments? Is your city different or does it strive to be different from those in other parts of the Metroplex? Should a developer automatically apply the same development plan and standards he used in Collin County (or other areas) to your town?
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