CARI: Center for Applied Rural Innovation


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Center for Sustainable Agricultural Systems

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

225 Keim Hall

Lincoln NE 68583-0949


Copyright 2000 University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Editors' Introduction and Executive Summary 2

Table of Contents 3

Other Volumes in Series & Ordering Information 4

Syllabus, Spring 2000 5

Principles of Planning for Lincoln and Lancaster County, Student Reports, 2000 9

Recommended Amendments to the 1994 Comprehensive Plan, Student Report, 1999 35

Course Evaluations, Spring 2000, by students and faculty evaluators 45

Resource Materials, some with Student Summaries (with permission of the publishers) 50

Stevens Creek study heralds new era for city, Lincoln Journal-Star 50

Developer, city closer on north Lincoln project, Lincoln Journal-Star 51

Study outlines new vision for Lincoln-Omaha corridor, Lincoln Journal-Star 53

Smart growth advocates seek support, urge Nebraskans to get on board, State Paper, NE 54

County "making progress' in water fight wihb Lincoln, Wahoo Newspaper 57

Department of Water Resources hears county's objections, Wahoo Newspaper 58

Urban sprawl curbs food production, study shows, ENN News 59

Dreaming big in Coffee Creek, Conservation Voices 62

Economic benefits of open space: bibliography market for open space, Trust for Public Land 66

Using ecological systems for alternative storm water management, Applied Eco!. Services 71

The Prairie Crossing Project, Applied Eco!. Services 77

APA's Growing Smart project and tbe nuts and bolts of smart growth, Amer. Plan. Assoc 83

Centers propose education on conservation buffers: the rural/urban interface, CSAS 90

Community strategies for preserving farms and farmland, Applied Ecological Associates 92

Green building at Oberlin is a dream house for environmental studies, Chron. Higher Ed 106

Landscape design and erosion control, Erosion Control, Forrester Communications 107

How cities green the planet, City Journal III

The fiscal impacts of different land uses: the Pennsylvania experience, Penn State Univ 118

Population and land use, European Environment Agency 122

The role of landscapes in storm water management, US EPA 126

On conservation developments and their cumulative benefits, Applied Ecological Assoc. 132

Open space as a resource, Montgomery County Planning Commission, Pennsylvania 140

Land preservation: old challenges new ideas, Montgomery County Planning Comm., PA 177

Pilot conservation development evaluation system, The Conservation Fund 20I

The Upper Des Plaines River Basin: an inventory of the region's resources, State of IL 212

Reinventing rural zoning, Woodlea Associates 236

Principles ofrural zoning, Woodlea Associates 247

Rural zoning versus conventional zoning, Woodlea Associates 249

'lnfill' may fill bill in bid to end sprawl, Denver Post On-Line 250

Feedlot counters $40 million suit, Lincoln Journal-Star, Associated Press 253

Midwest lawmakers: cooperation needed to keep farms on land, Lincoln Journal-Star, AP 255

Platte levee proposal threatens cabin life, Omaha World Herald 256

It keeps coming, coming, and coming, Omaha World Herald 258

School leaders eye new solutions, Omaha World Herald 260

Acreage owners fight developer to preserve tranquility, Omaha World Herald 262

Consequences of sprawl, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission 267

Other Published Resources: title page, information for ordering 278

Additional Resource Materials from Students, Spring 2000 291

A Balloon Ride Exercise: Vision of the Future 309