Mitigating Environmental Problems in Exurban Development: An Overview of Rural-Specific Planning Devices



The popularity of exurban living challenges regional planners as they seek to conserve natural resources, scenic amenities, and natural open space. This chapter highlights planning tools and techniques that have proven successful in preserving environmental integrity at regional- and site-specific scales. The chapter describes the unique context that colors rural land-use planning, describes a typology of tools and devices that promote rural land conservation, and provides a case study that highlights conservation efforts in rural South-Central Wisconsin.


Rural Land Conservation Easement Wisconsin Department Exurban Development Urban Growth Boundary 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Urban and Regional PlanningUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA
  2. 2.Sauk County Planning and Zoning DepartmentWest Square BuildingBarabooUSA

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