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  Balanced Growth Reports  

The Department conducts in-house analyses and funds independent research on various topics related to urban sprawl and balanced growth. (The following reports are in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing and printing.)

The Changing Illinois Landscape (Executive Summary, Full Report)
Urban growth in Illinois has long been characterized by widespread conversion of land to urban use at a pace that exceeds population growth. This paper explains the fundamental forces of sprawl - socioeconomic trends, lifestyle choices, and governmental policies - that influence where people live and work. The Department also identifies three broad policies to limit the effects of sprawl on natural resources: reduce subsidies for development, identify scarce natural resources threatened by urban growth, and enhance tools for protecting scarce natural resources.

Zoning, Infrastructure Finance, and Urban Sprawl (Executive summary of reports listed below)
The Department hired the University of Illinois, Department of Urban and Regional Planning (Principal Investigator: Gerrit Knapp) to review the literature and to collect and analyze Illinois-specific data to examine the relationship of zoning and infrastructure financing on urban sprawl. Five papers were completed on various issues related to the impact of government policies on urban sprawl. The opinions and conclusions expressed herein do not represent those of the Department of Natural Resources or the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. (The following reports are in Adobe PDF format and require Acrobat Reader for viewing and printing. Acrobat Reader is available for free at the Adobe web site .)

Contact: Tom Heavisides
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
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Springfield, Illinois 62702


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