Limiting urban sprawl. New Zealand's Regional Growth Forum has developed a strategy for regional urban containment, matched by urban intensification (Memn et al. (2007) NZ Geogr. 63, 1). Urban containment has been promoted by US state governments since the 1980s; Wassmer (2006) J. Reg. Sci. 46, 1 finds that only statewide growth management programmes, with the stipulation that local plans must coincide with a state plan or with geographically contiguous local plans, have been effective at reducing the square mile size of US urban areas.
Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.