What is Sprawl?

Sprawl is a pattern of land use that is characterized by dispersed, automobile-dependent development outside of compact urban and village centers, along highways, and in the rural countryside.   Sprawl is typically characterized by…

  • Excessive land consumption
  • Low densities in comparison with older centers
  • Lack of transportation options
  • Fragmented open space, wide gaps between development and a scattered appearance
  • Lack of choice in housing types and prices
  • Separation of uses into distinct areas
  • Repetitive one story development
  • Commercial buildings surrounded by expansive parking
  • Lack of public spaces and community centers