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Advisory Committee Chair

Michael Howell-Moroney

Advisory Committee Members

Akhlaque Haque

Jeremy Hall

Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name by School

Master of Public Administration (MPA) College of Arts and Sciences


This thesis provides a comprehensive analysis of smart growth policy mechanisms available to local governments within the United States. It begins with a description a sprawl, including its causes, impacts, and effects on society. The thesis then transitions to a discussion of the smart growth philosophy, including a definition of smart growth, a discourse debunking common smart growth myths, and an explanation of the economic benefits resulting from smart growth implementation. The discussion concludes with recommendations and examples of specific smart growth techniques that local governments can adopt in pursuit of a smart growth planning agenda.



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