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Analyzing the Impacts of Urban Sprawl in the Chicago Metro Area

Project Period:

14 months 1996-09-01 - 1997-09-01

Principal Investigator:

J. Dixon Esseks, Northern Illinois University and Ann Sorensen, CAE.

Description
This project compared rural low-density subdivisions in the Chicago metro collar counties to comparable subdivisions within town boundaries, analyzing the economic, social and environmental costs and determining policy implications.

Outcomes
Widely distributed and quoted fiscal impact study with policy recommendations. The Illinois legislators who established the Illinois Smart Growth Task Force gave this research the credit for raising farmland protection as an issue in the sprawl debate.

American Farmland Trust