The Shape of Metropolitan Growth: How Policy Tools Affect Growth Patterns in Seattle and Orlando

Chris Williamson, Erik Kancler, Linda E. Hollis, and William Fulton
William Fulton Director of the Planning, Neighborhoods, and Economic Development Department for the City of San Diego

April 1, 2006

Land use, infrastructure, and open space policy play an important role in shaping metropolitan growth, and whether or not they are coordinated on the policy level, they do interact with each other in shaping those patterns.

However, the exact interplay of these policies is not well understood.

This paper uses two metropolitan areas—Orlando and Seattle—with differing growth management regimes to explore the effects of conscious growth policy on metropolitan form.