Reason 2: To develop land at a pace consistent with growth in population and housing

Since the late 1960s, the nature of residential development (with an increasing share of homes built on large lots), combined with declining househould size, has resulted in an increase in developed acres that far exceeds growth in either population or housing units. Since 1950, developed acres for single-family residential units has increased by 455 percent, nearly twice the rate of increase for housing units (234 percent) and more than triple the growth in population (139 percent). At this rete, the percentage of developed acres will continue to far exceed pop9ulation and household growth.

chart of population and housing growth

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