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
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 .)
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