ERIC Number: ED175616
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug-23
Reference Count: 0
Rapid Population Growth and Rural Community Change: A Focus on Land Use Issues.
Land use controls are often a major point of conflict between recent migrants and long-term residents of rapidly growing communities. Such conflict was noted in a case study of a rural community undergoing rapid population growth. The revision of a comprehensive land use plan for the community provided the opportunity to evaluate citizen perceptions of the consequences of growth and their attitudes on land use controls and zoning. Responses of oldtimers and newcomers on these issues were compared. Data was gathered from two sources: a 20% sampling of county residents received a mailed closed-ended questionnaire on citizen's concerns and needs; 50% responded. Additional data was provided by observations of a series of public forums and citizens advisory committee meetings designed to develop goals and objectives for the land use plan. Both newcomers and oldtimers valued the rural qualities of the area, supported management of population growth, and expressed concern about the public costs of growth, especially the ability of the community to provide public services to an exploding population. Although noneducational public services (especially water and sewage disposal) had been seriously strained, it was within the area of educational services that the pressure of numbers was most apparent. Newcomers and oldtimers, however, differed significantly in their views on continued industrial development, urban development of agricultural lands, and the limits on public infringement on private property rights. (Author/DS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kentucky Univ., Lexington. Agricultural Experiment Station.
Identifiers: Impact Studies; Long Term Residents
Note: Paper presented for presentation at the annual meetings of the Rural Sociological Society (Burlington, Vermont, August 23-26, 1979)