Urban Growth Boundary and Urban Service District

Description: An urban growth boundary is the line on a map showing the demarcation between land that has or may receive concentrated development (urban, suburban) and land that has or may receive less development (rural, scattered). An urban growth boundary provides a clear picture of what lands will be developed for a given period of time as specified by a growth management plan. It could be used with a transfer of density program to ensure that property owners receive fair compensation for their land. An urban service district is an area in which urban services will be provided and outside of which such services will not be extended thus discouraging development sprawl.

This chapter of the Innovative Land Use Techniques Handbook provides an overview of urban growth boundaries and service districts, and presents model ordinance language.

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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, NH Association of Regional Planning Commissions, NH Office of Energy and Planning and the NH Local Government Center
Date: 2008

Format: PDF Document

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