A PLAN FOR URBAN GROWTH: REPORT OF THE NATIONAL POLICY TASK FORCE

ALTHOUGH THE BIRTH RATE IS DECLINING, THE RATE OF INCREASE IN THE U.S. POPULATION AGED 25-44 FOR THE DECADE 1970--1980 IS ANTICIPATED TO BE NINE TIMES AS HIGH AS THE RATE FOR 1960--1970. THIS INDICATES THAT A NATIONAL POLICY IS REQUIRED ON THE PROVISION OF HOUSING, SERVICES, AND URBAN AMENITIES, NOT ONLY IN THE FORM OF NEW TOWNS BUT ALSO IN REHABILITATION OF CENTER CITY COMMUNITIES AND CREATION OF PLANNED DEVELOPMENTS IN METROPOLITAN AND URBAN AREAS. A CONCEPT CALLED THE "GROWTH UNIT" IS EVOLVED FOR ACCOMMODATING THIS GROWTH IN LINE WITH CERTAIN PREMISES ABOUT GROWTH POLICY, COMMUNITY SCALE, ZONING, AND PUBLIC ACQUISITION OF LAND. THE GROWTH UNIT IS EXAMINED IN ITS RELATIONS TO (1) NATIONAL GROWTH STRATEGY (HOUSING AND LAND USE POLICY, FRONT LOADING, AGGREGATING SITES, PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE, REMOVAL OF TAX DISINCENTIVES, CREATION OF TAX INCENTIVES, PROPERTY TAXES, REVENUE SHARING, GOVERNMENTAL STRUCTURES AND PROCESS, AND CATEGORICAL GRANT PROGRAMS); (2) COMMUNITY DESIGN (EQUILIBRIUM, SYMBIOSIS, SATISFACTION OF SPIRITUAL NEEDS, EXPANSION OF LOCATIONAL AND QUALITATIVE OPTIONS, OPEN SPACE AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION, PUBLIC INVESTMENT AS A KEY TO DEVELOPMENT, AMENDABLE ARCHITECTURE, REDUCED COST OF SHELTER, AND EXPERIMENTS WITH CHANGE); AND (3) THE URBAN CRISIS. AN IMPLEMENTATION PLAN, INCLUDING MECHANISMS, IS OUTLINED. BASICALLY, THE GROWTH UNIT IS A NEIGHBORHOOD OF 500 TO 3000 DWELLING UNITS, IN VARIOUS DENSITIES, THAT MEETS CERTAIN STANDARDS ADUMBRATED IN THE THREE CHAPTERS LISTED ABOVE.

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  • Pagination: 13 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00204474
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 12 1973 12:00AM