Ad Hoc Regionalism, USA

Ad Hoc Regionalism: Managing Growth Through Spatial Planning – Learning from the American Experience (2006)

The interest of the examples described lies mainly in the willingness of local governments to voluntarily cede some of their rights in exchange for the more effective management of growth, the more efficient delivery of public services and clear fiscal benefits. Achieving a political climate where local governments will willingly co-operate requires building a consensus that “a regional approach is needed”: the protection of natural assets in the case of the Cape Cod Regional planning Commission; controlling sprawl and improving the delivery of public services in Denver’s Mile High Compact; achieving greater fiscal equity in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan Area. In all three instances, collaboration among the local governments concerned started in a relatively modest way and became more pervasive as the success of the original initiative became evident.

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