Strom Thurmond Study

Study Predicts Amount of Developed Land In Upstate Will Triple By 2030

Result Can Be Avoided Through More Efficient Growth

The amount of developed land in the Upstate will triple by the year 2030 if current practices and policies continue, according to a new study released by the Strom Thurmond Institute (STI) at Clemson University.

Researchers first determined actual changes in developed land and population in eight Upstate counties (Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Pickens, Laurens, Newberry, Abbeville and Greenwood) from 1990 to 2000. Then, using a computerized growth model and government population growth forecasts, and after consulting with local planners in each county, they predicted the extent of development in the region if these development patterns remain unchanged.

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