Sprawl causes intense population growth. For example, when rural lands with the potential
for one unit per 20 acres are annexed into an urban area, they are given urban land uses. Even if the urban use is low density
- two units per acre - the population will increase 40 times. That is a 4000% increase!
There is no political defense against sprawl. Years of Good Planning can be undone
by one vote of the governing City or County Commission. Historically, few, if any, communities have been able to maintain
a "No Growth" political commitment for extended periods of time. As a result, relying on elected officials to limit growth
is an untrustworthy and likely temporary solution.