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Subdividing the Countryside: You Don't Always Get What You Want describes a county planning commission's dilemma regarding subdivision development in a local township. This decision case gives participants an opportunity to discuss the subdivision regulation process as well as the fiscal and environmental impacts of development in rapidly growing non-metro areas.
The seven-member Powell County planning commission will soon be reviewing the preliminary plat for Hillcrest, a proposed 48-lot subdivision in a rural residential zoning district (see Exhibit A) located in Stone township. Major issues under consideration include: construction of streets; preservation of wetlands; impact of the large influx of development on drainage; cost of infrastructure; traffic congestion; wells and on-site septic systems. The planning commission is particularly concerned because of past problems with Hollybrook, an earlier subdivision development in Stone that produced less than satisfactory results.
After participating in this decision case participants will:
Dana Bourland, Graduate Student, Planning, Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Thomas Wegner, Extension Educator, University of Minnesota Extension Service
Catherine Willeford, Project Leader, Program for Decision Cases, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science, University of Minnesota
We thank Rodney Elmstrand, Extension Educator, University of Minnesota Extension Service, for his case review and editorial assistance.
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