The Adoption of Growth Controls in Suburban Communities
This study analyzes the adoption of growth controls in suburban municipalities. It combines data from census materials with a 1973 questionnaire survey of city planning officials concerning local growth control policies. Previous rapid growth is not a significant predictor of adoption of growth controls, contradicting many earlier reports, nor is a measure of the expansiveness of municipal government functions. Finally, indicators of the potential for residents’ political mobilization (including socioeconomic status and residential stability) are only weakly associated with the adoption of growth controls. To interpret this finding will require better information on the content of local growth politics and the process by which formal policies are adopted.