• Research Report

    Flex Growth: A smarter option for North Carolina communities

    posted September 11, 2012 by Michael Lowrey
    In recent years, an increasing number of local governments across the nation and across North Carolina have adopted “Smart Growth” policies. However, North Carolina should look to the future and adopt a flexible growth agenda — Flex Growth. Flex Growth is a market-based system of principles for government land use and development policy, especially at the state and local government levels, based upon the idea that people — and not government bureaucrats and planners — know what is best for themselves.
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    Johnston County’s ‘Dumb Growth’ Plan: The Growth Management Committee Fails to Understand Basic Economics

    posted January 21, 2007 by Dr. Michael Sanera
    The Johnston County Growth Management Committee (GMC) believes that rapid growth has outstripped the county’s ability to keep up with essential public services. To solve this problem, the GMC is recommending "smart growth" policies. The GMC is urging the County Commission to limit home building in rural areas to one home to an average of two acres. This is a 203 percent increase in the average lot size.
  • Press Release

    Johnston panel urges economic segregation

    posted January 21, 2007
    RALEIGH – Johnston County leaders would set up a system of “economic segregation,” if they adopt new recommendations from their Growth Management Committee. That’s the assessment of a new John…
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    Livable Streets, Dangerous Roads: Traffic Calming Endangers the Lives of Those in Need of Emergency Services

    posted November 20, 2006 by Jenna Robinson
    As the Triangle grows, motorists face significant increases in traffic congestion. City and county planners are hired, in part, to suggest plans that will alleviate this congestion. Unfortunately, they are doing the opposite. Based on city staff recommendations, city councils in Raleigh and neighboring cities have fallen victim to the latest planning fad: traffic calming. This seemingly worthwhile goal has significant detrimental consequences, including increased traffic congestion, more deaths due to slower emergency vehicle response times, and unnecessary costs to taxpayers.
  • Press Release

    Planners push more dangerous, congested roads

    posted November 20, 2006
    RALEIGH – Raleigh drivers can expect longer commutes, increased congestion, and greater risks for people needing emergency services, as long as the city focuses on “traffic calming.” That’s a key…
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    Wilmington homebuyers suffer planning penalty

    posted May 24, 2006
    Homebuyers in Wilmington pay thousands of dollars in extra costs, thanks to the city’s aggressive growth management rules. That’s the key finding in a new Policy Report from the…
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    Planning penalty boosts Asheville housing prices

    posted May 24, 2006
    Homebuyers in Asheville pay thousands of dollars in extra costs, thanks to the city’s aggressive growth management rules. That’s the key finding in a new Policy Report from the…
  • Press Release

    Planning penalty shuts door to homeownership

    posted May 24, 2006
    Homebuyers in two North Carolina cities pay thousands of dollars in extra costs, thanks to aggressive growth management plans. That’s the key finding in a new Policy Report from…
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    Planning Penalties in North Carolina: Why Other N.C. Cities Should Not Follow Asheville and Wilmington

    posted May 24, 2006 by Joanna Grey, Dr. Michael Sanera
    Since the late 1980s, housing prices in North Carolina have increased rapidly in some cities while in others prices have grown more slowly. Asheville and Wilmington, for example, are known for large increases in their housing prices over the last 15 years, while in Fayetteville and Hickory housing prices have grown much more slowly. Why is this?
  • Press Release

    Smart Growth Isn’t Smart

    posted August 30, 1999
    RALEIGH — Policies associated with the “Smart Growth” movement would be disastrous for North Carolina communities, according to a new report released today by the John Locke Foundation. Smart Growth…

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