Smart Growth: Practical or P.R.?

  • April 24, 2001
  • • Written by: R. Michael Joyce

Spring 2001, Vol 26, No 1

Abstract: With all of its success, California faces some daunting challenges, including how to cope with 11,000,000 new citizens who are expected by 2020. In an effort to improve strategic land planning for the state, California recently adopted AB2838, modernizing California’s approach to city incorporations and annexation of county areas to cities. In doing so, the state legislature adopted smart-growth principles discouraging urban sprawl, preserving open space, and revitalizing urban centers. This article discusses AB2838 and the practical application of smart-growth principles to California’s land planning challenges.