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Policy Report on Growth Management in California Communities

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April 2004


Many California communities have adopted urban growth boundaries (UGBs) as a means of planning for and managing future development. This report uses data obtained through a new survey of municipal planning officials to explore the proliferation of these policies in the Golden State. In particular, this report examines which kinds of cities adopt growth boundaries, how these boundaries fit into local growth management strategies or regimes, and how UGBs impact housing prices, population growth, and density.

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Keywords: Community Development, Land Use

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