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Virginia group wants sustainable population in area comprehensive plans

November 21, 2012 • Protection of Species, United States, News

Congratulations to Advocates for Sustainable Albemarle Population (ASAP) for the following press coverage, which resulted from ASAP holding a press conference on Monday, Nov. 19th in advance of the Albemarle County Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday the 20th.

Group wants population limits in area comprehensive plans
See: http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/13534-asap-comp-plans/

When the Albemarle County Planning Commission meets Tuesday to discuss the future of the county’s rural areas and natural resources, one nonprofit organization wants the commission to consider limiting area population to conserve both.

“While population increase can bring advantages to human settlements, there are thresholds in size at which costs begin to outweigh the benefits,” said Jack Marshall, president of Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population, or ASAP.

The organization was founded in 2002 to study an “optimal sustainable population size” for Charlottesville’s 10.4 square miles and Albemarle’s 726 square miles. Both the City Council and Board of Supervisors contributed money towards five studies that analyzed the relationship between population and environmental health.

“ASAP suggests that past a certain point of population size, a few individuals may profit from the higher growth but all residents end up paying for it with a poorer quality of life, a less healthy environment and higher taxes,” Marshall said at a press conference Monday.

For the first time, ASAP has established a figure of 165,000 people for both communities. Their members claim the presence of more than that will deplete environmental resources.

“No city of any size, even a modest-size place like Charlottesville, is self-supporting from the point of view of biological products,” said Tom Olivier, chair of the Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club.

To read the full article, please click here: http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/13534-asap-comp-plans/



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