The Potential for Community-Based Land Use Planning in Kalamazoo County
Carroll, Brendan McGregor
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The transformation of the geographic landscape of suburban areas into surrounding ecosystems is occurring at an unprecedented rate. Urban expansion is driven by the continual outflow of residents from densely concentrated urban centers to dispersed rural suburbs. As the transformation of rural green space into suburban areas continues, urban sprawl is magnifying the per-capita human impact on the environment as "the dispersed inhabitants require a vast infrastructure of roads, parking lots, housing subdivisions, and many other physical transformations" (McKinney 2000: Internet). While the current development paradigm does not recognize the effects of urban transformation on natural ecosystems, the amount of habitat destruction, and species diversity reduction, clearly shows sprawls disastrous environmental impact (McKinney 2000: Internet).