Small Municipality Development Strategies from a Sustainability Perspective

TitleSmall Municipality Development Strategies from a Sustainability Perspective
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsMurphy-Medley, D, Wiggins, MT, Herkert, JR
PublisherNational Academy of Engineering, Online Ethics Center
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsCIVIL engineering , Engineer/Client Relationships , SUSTAINABLE development
AbstractThis case involves a civil engineer working for a small municipality faced with a common development dilemma -- how to remain economically viable in order to control growth and avoid merger with neighboring municipalities. The engineer is asked to evaluate development strategies and recommend a course of action to the town council. Town A has turned its downtown into an antique mall, and is focusing on the redevelopment of brownfield areas. Town B has implemented progressive growth management policies, and is pursuing aggressive annexation and industrial recruitment. The engineer must consider the social, economic, and political motivations, as well as environmental and geographical factors, which led to these radically different plans.
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