Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Community Planning (MCP)


Community Planning and Area Development

First Advisor

John J. Kupa


The objectives of this project are twofold: 1) increase awareness in the Town of Coventry of the need for local policies that address the issue of growth, and 2) assist the town in formulating policies that will accommodate future growth with the least impact. This report does not advocate a no growth policy, rather it recognizes the need to channel future growth in an orderly and efficient manner.

It is hoped that this report will be published and circulated to various officials and residents of Coventry in hopes of generating a greater awareness and understanding of the issues involved in growth management. For this reason, the material in this report is fairly general and nontechnical.

The introduction briefly reviews the issue of growth in Coventry. Chapter I attempts to provide a general overview of current growth management issues on the local level. Chapter II reviews the principle characteristics of environmentally sensitive areas and methods for their development. Chapter III focuses on specific growth management strategies relevant to the Town of Coventry.

A series of mylar overlay maps determining environmentally suitable areas supplement this report. These maps include: surface water and wetlands, topography, land use and vegetation, groundwater, soils, ecological diversity, total constraints, and proposed zoning. These maps are designed to be used as imputs into the land-use decision-making process for guiding future growth in Coventry through environmental suitability.



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