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The management and control of urban growth issue has emerged as a major public concern in many communities. Planners for these communities must seek new ways by which management systems are designed, such that the controls, are rationally derived, explicit and legally defensible. One such way is outlined in this thesis. Based on normative planning theory, a functional design method for the growth management system is offered. Steps at each of the three levels of planning values formulation, means identification and effectuation; are suggested. The steps are matched against one "real-world" example, Albuquerque that recently took measures towards a growth control system. Several criticisms of the ability of planners to plan using the prescribed process are examined throughout this paper. Also, the limitations of each of the proposed processes is explored. What is offered in these pages represent heuristic guidelines rather than fixed rules. Several conclusions are made, the principle one being that processes for the rational design of growth management systems, may not solve the issue of the management of growth, but rather will be a first step toward solving it.



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School of Architecture and Planning

First Committee Member (Chair)

William John Siembieda

Second Committee Member

Peter Anthony Lupsha

Third Committee Member

Paul E. Lusk

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