Planning at the urban fringe: an examination of the factors influencing nonconforming development patterns in southern Florida Academic Article uri icon


  • Although the components of plan quality are well defined, little empirical research has been conducted to understand the degree to which policies are being implemented after plan adoption and the factors contributing to the variation in plan implementation. The authors test the efficacy of land-use planning and plan implementation in Florida by measuring the degree to which wetland development over a ten-year period conforms to the original design of adopted comprehensive plans. First, they spatially identify concentrated areas of wetland alteration permits and compare these locations with the adopted future land-use maps for county and city jurisdictions in the southern portion of the state. Second, they examine the major factors influencing nonconforming development patterns across the study area. Results indicate a well-defined spatial pattern of nonconforming wetland development and isolate specific socioeconomic, demographic, and geographic variables impacting these deviations from the original spatial intent of local plans.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Brody, S. D., Highfield, W. E., & Thornton, S.

citation count

  • 56

complete list of authors

  • Brody, SD||Highfield, WE||Thornton, S

publication date

  • February 2006