4. The smaller the unit of local government, the greater the potential local control of land use and planning

But, the fewer the resources available for planning, and the greater the staffing problems. (By Stan Lembach, Penn State)
  • Under home rule, there are thousands of local government units (townships, municipalities ...)
  • Local officials often serve on part-time, volunteer basis; turnover is high
  • Dealing with complex land use trade-offs under these circumstances is a challenge

Number of Government Units (2003)

Number of Government Units

Source: US Statistical Abstract, 2003