Poorly planned residential and commercial development beyond the periphery of cities that displaces farms and wildlife habitat. Eventually requires extension of municipal services such as schools, police and fire protection and expansion of roads to accommodate increased traffic.
Growth of low-density development on the edges of cities and towns. See smart growth.
The rapid expansion of metropolitan areas through building housing developments and shopping centers farther and farther from urban centers and lacing them together with more and more major highways. Widespread development that has occurred without any overall land-use plan.
the unplanned uncontrolled growth of urban areas into the surrounding countryside.
excessive land consumption by urban centers on uninhabited natural areas voltage potential difference; energy carried by charges that make up a current water contamination water that is polluted or impure
Low-density and, usually, unregulated development spreading from an urban area to the undeveloped lands that surround it.
An overused term that means many different things to different organizations. MAR believes the best definition is: government mandated low-density development.
Unexpected growth in an urban locality.
to spread out in a way that is not organized The urban sprawl of new homes and businesses into the countryside threatens natural habitats.
Slang term for the growth of cities in an unplanned and often wasteful manner.
Development patterns, where rural land is converted to urban uses more quickly than needed to house new residents and support new businesses. As a result people become more dependent on automobiles and have to commute farther. Sprawl defines patterns of urban growth that include large acreage of low-density residential development, rigid separation between residential and commercial uses, residential and commercial development in rural areas away from urban centers, minimal support for nonmotorized transportation methods, and a lack of integrated transportation and land use planning.
The unplanned expansion of development over a large area.
The uncontrolled or unplanned extension of urban areas into the countryside.
The unplanned and often haphazard growth of an urban area throughout a larger geographic area.
A pattern and pace of land development in which the rate of land consumed for (sub)urban purposes exceeds the rate of population growth using the developed land. Sprawl results in an inefficient and consumptive use of land and its associated resources.
Unplanned & unexpected expansion of a large area of development in an urban area.
The spread of urban congestion (roads, housing developments, etc.) into adjoining suburbs or rural lands
Urban sprawl (also: suburban sprawl) refers to expansion of a metropolitan area, with largely uncontrolled new land use of previously less developed areas surrounding a more urban core. The term is typically used to describe suburbs, largely residential and often built in tracts by commercial developers. "Urban sprawl" (or simply "sprawl") is a loaded term, and generally has negative connotations as frequently employed at the turn of the twenty-first century by critics, often institutional, such as the National Trust for Historic Preservation.