Sunday, April 02, 2006
Embracing Sprawl In Salt Lake City
“On the day when
New data from
Salt Lake County 2005
Herriman – 788
Riverton – 586
Draper – 543
Herriman, the furthermost spot west and south of
All this sprawl can make some wonder what
Most of the new homes are being built in southwestern communities like Herriman and
Those high figures for the county's southwest are far above new permits in more urban areas like
Developers of Rosecrest are defending new housing in the far reaches of the county. The Rosecrest development, a 2,300-acre planned subdivision, straddles the Herriman and Bluffdale border with a projected 5,000 homes. Roughly 1,800 homes are already under way. Developments spreading farther out from downtown Salt Lake City mean developers have to plan for roadways and service to the residents, but the distance to downtown has not been an obstacle for Rosecrest builders or buyers.
Planned open spaces and mixed-use commercial pockets can also help downplay the feeling of suburban sprawl as housing inches southwest.
As the county expands, city and county officials will have to work together to make sure growth does not become unmanageable sprawl.
County leaders will also be busier trying to provide services like sanitation and sheriff's patrols to the new areas. It’s always a concern about how to keep up. The county will have to be very proactive in their support, which could pay off big in the long run. A little consideration today is going to save a lot of headache in the future.
I wonder if we should question this assertion abit? I suppose larger lots mean homes are spread farther apart, and I suppose this is consistent with what people mean by sprawl.
On the other hand, "eating up" open space may not be quite correct. Suppose the countryside is divided into 5 acre lots with one house on each lot. Most of the 5 acres will not, therefore, have a building on it. So, let's say 5 acres with a building on 1/2 of those 5 acres, and 4.5 acres without a building on it. Suppose instead it is one acre lots with a building on 1/2 acre. Then on every lot you have 1/2 acre with a building and 1/2 acre without a building on it. Then for every 5 acres you end up with 2.5 acres with buildings, and only 2.5 acres without buildings. These illustrations suggest more open space is left with the 5 acre lots, than with the 1 acre lots.
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