The Politics of Establishing Urban Growth Areas in St. Claire Essay

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Analysis of Policy Process
Case Study #1

1) Official Actors * County Council Members * County Chair * Regional Growth Planning Council * Land Use Committee * Mayors (Cooperville and Vanish Ridge) * State’s Department of Growth Management Unofficial Actors * Citizens * Johnson & James Corporation (Land Developers) * Political Parties * City Councils (Cooperville and Vanish Ridge) * Media and other interest groups (possible Unofficial Actors)
2) Members voting for the Amended Interim UGA: * Thorne is a member of the County Council’s Land Use Committee and one of the promoter of the two amendments applied to the original UGA. Also Thorne is very linked with
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He voted in favor of that during the meeting and he has boundaries with the businessmen, so that puts him more in favor of the Amended Interim Agreement.

3) Given the position of each member it will be hard to predict a result. Four of the members don’t have any particular interest in the result of the vote; therefor they can be influenced in different ways to refuse the amended version of the UGA. Bill Culver, for example, is historically against the County Chair. Since Victor Long has been lobbied by land developers to change the UGA in the past and is really interested to have it approved, remarking this to Culver could make him take a decision against the amended UGA. Charlene Simpson too could be convinced easily. She is a fervent ‘’no-growther’’ and the amended UGA is radically against her beliefs. She can be convinced easily also with the help of environmental groups that, as unofficial actors, can lobby Mrs. Simpson and other members of the County Committee to reject the 2 amendments.
Ian Linsday usually rely on other’s opinion for this kind of matters, but could be approached individually and convinced personally of the reasons why the amendments are not favorable for the future of the County. According to the description he is responsible and likes to have his idea clear before voting, so he will be willing to listen for sure.
Another important step is to find out if what the City Council of Vanish Ridge said during the