[freedomtowernight_edited.jpg] 26th Parallel: Another Look at the Urban Development Line Argument

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Another Look at the Urban Development Line Argument

The debate surrounding the UDB (a.k.a. The Line) is often pitted as pro-conservationists vs. greedy and corrupt developers and the corrupt and inept county commissioners that support them. In many cases, these characterizations are true, but they do very little to solve our urbanization issues.

It's because of this that, as this post illustrated, I'm not a big fan of the way the UDB is drawn. I like the concept, but the execution stinks on both sides of the issue.

A central theme of my argument was that the UDB has an unintended consequence, it actually encourages greater "sprawl" by not allowing smart zoning and development on the fringes of the line.

This article I stumbled onto while researching this topic is also very skeptical of the UDB, and offers some intelligent and sensible ways to solve our urbanization issues while at the same time protecting our nearby sensitive natural areas.

It's well worth a read. Check it out here.


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