|Floridas Rural Lands Preservation
The benefits of alternative planning:
These are short lists -- each has many more possible components. However, the direction is clear --
we need to do things differently, and there are ways to move forward that lead to positive outcomes.
Committee for Sustainable Treasure Coast
The CSTC was a committee organized by Sen. Ken Pruitt to identify the ways to achieve sustainable
development. After meeting for almost two years, the Committee issued a report that can be found
Here. In the report, the Rural Lands Subcommittee felt that the three things must happen in order
for agriculture to be a permanent landscape component.
It seems that there will be a "demographic bulge" as Baby Boomers leave cities over the next 10
years. The number of people aged 55 to 75 in rural areas will double over that period over what
would occur without the outmigration from cities - 30% vs 15% historically. The Internet will allow
people more mobility, so more will choose the open space, more affordable housing, and slower pace
of the countryside. The rise in population in rural areas will be close to 6 million from 2000 to 2020.
If you couple that with the trend of people moving southward, the conclusion would be that
settlement in the countryside of sun belt states, with Florida leading the way, will increase. It's not
over because of the recession and housing crisis -- just delayed a bit. Given this prediction, we have
no choice but to plan accordingly.