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Land Use Action Plan

Aerial Shot of Crowded Suburb "...so many people have expressed frustration and sadness at witnessing the gradual transformation of their once-distinctive communities into bland, formless, suburban conglomerations of subdivisions and shopping centers. The challenge is to encourage (or require) new development to complement, enhance and build upon historic town patterns."
Randell Arendt, Rural By Design

Land Use considers the current and future use of land in the community. It is an important tool for shaping future development policy and forms the basis for zoning evaluations in the community. Click here for Land Use Action Plan Indicators and Linkages [PDF, 11pp, 250k, about pdf]

In this example, land use is described in terms of developed, developing and undeveloped land uses. The Action Plan highlights key strategies to protect ecosystem values and functions, historic and cultural values and protect air, water and land resources. Click on the following sample action plans for goals, objectives, recommendations and measures.

While these areas are in many instances overlapping throughout the community, an effective review looks at these distinct areas and makes specific recommendations for each.

Developed Lands

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Developing Lands

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Undeveloped Lands

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Agricultural Areas

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There are a number of sources of information specifically for rural communities, including:

Revitalizing Rural America - Rural Information Center which provides information and referral services.Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

The W.K. Kellogg Collection of Rural Community Development Resources. This site contains an annotated bibliography of the collection with information on how to obtain each publication.Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

Smart Communities Network Rural Issues website has a range of tools and case studies.Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, out of Penn State University, is one of four regional development centers in the U.S.Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Conservation Reserve Program is a voluntary partnership between individuals and government to safeguard American topsoil from erosion, increasing wildlife habitat and protecting ground and surface waters.Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

EPA's Office of Policy and Reinvention has a limited number of copies of the Defenders of Wildlife publication, "National Stewardship Incentives: Conservation Strategies for US Landowners" available free of charge. Contact Dr. Gerald Filbin at filbin.gerald@epamail.epa.gov.

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