This is an introduction to managing community development at the local, county, regional and state levels. It presents an overview of the reasons for controlling growth and examines the implementation of management policies from capital gains taxes to farmland preservation projects. The authors explain the advantages of co-ordinated planning among different levels of government and across regions. They also aim to help planning professionals understand the way in which different management techniques fit into a broad policy framework in order to facilitate balanced growth. Bringing together studies of growth trends, profiles of regulations in states from California to New Jersey, and tables and graphs, this volume illustrates the impact a wide range of government and non-government decision-makers have on growth and outlines opportunities for them to take an integrative approach to planning.