Presentation Title

Environmental Impacts of Exurban Development on a Global Perspective

Presenter Information

Nick Welychko
Conlan Sprickerhoff

Location

IB 1015

Start Date

19-3-2016 2:15 PM

End Date

19-3-2016 2:30 PM

Abstract

With cities becoming more populous and crowded, the urban-rural fringe is becoming more and more of an escape for urbanites. The driving forces are amenity migration and counter urbanization, which are resulting in the rural gentrification of exurbia. In this study of exurban areas we look at the driving forces that have created exurbia as a system of physical and social space. We also examine environmental impacts caused by exurban development. We review the literature and municipal master plans from both developed and developing countries to examine social structures, land use conflicts, as well as planning policy related to environmental impacts. Our preliminary results are that due to the increased population in exurbia, concerns have been raised over environmental impacts. For example, new golf courses are drawing large amounts of water, but for non-agricultural use. There has been a transition from agricultural land use towards residential and recreational land use instead, which has caused an imbalance between the physical and human characteristics of exurbia. In conclusion, the environmental impacts that exurbia can cause, compared to other land uses such as industrial agriculture, may be less significant and be a better development choice for certain areas.

Faculty Advisor

Tom Waldichuk

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Environmental Impacts of Exurban Development on a Global Perspective

IB 1015

With cities becoming more populous and crowded, the urban-rural fringe is becoming more and more of an escape for urbanites. The driving forces are amenity migration and counter urbanization, which are resulting in the rural gentrification of exurbia. In this study of exurban areas we look at the driving forces that have created exurbia as a system of physical and social space. We also examine environmental impacts caused by exurban development. We review the literature and municipal master plans from both developed and developing countries to examine social structures, land use conflicts, as well as planning policy related to environmental impacts. Our preliminary results are that due to the increased population in exurbia, concerns have been raised over environmental impacts. For example, new golf courses are drawing large amounts of water, but for non-agricultural use. There has been a transition from agricultural land use towards residential and recreational land use instead, which has caused an imbalance between the physical and human characteristics of exurbia. In conclusion, the environmental impacts that exurbia can cause, compared to other land uses such as industrial agriculture, may be less significant and be a better development choice for certain areas.