Planning for Growth


Grade Level: Secondary


Geographic Theme:


Place (site), Human-Environment Interaction (landscape, infrastructure, culture)




We have established the growth areas currently in Florida and the reasons behind said growth. In this lesson students will look at some statistics of Florida growth rates and types and the attempt to plan new urban centers for the ever-expanding population.




1 or 2 class periods.




        Students will understand the spatial complexities of new growth.

        Students will understand the elements needed in planning for a new city.

        Students will comprehend the environmental and sociological impacts of population expansion.




Utilizing their drawn maps (other resources) and information collected through the web quest, the same groups will then analyze the information below and then discuss the following:


        Look at new sites for possible new urban centers in this state.

        Why they would choose that particular site.

        What types of infrastructure they would need to incorporate into their new city (ask them to think about environmental impacts of new cities and to think of new ways of incorporating mass transportation.

        What will the physical landscape be like, what changes would need to be made i.e. would they have to drain some land, build up peninsulas etc.

        Where would the city get its utilities from and fresh water supplies?

        What energy source will be used?


The groups will then have to make up a list of things they would have to incorporate on their maps. Roads, transportation systems, power sources, waste and fresh water plants, garbage dumps, what will the predominant economic activity be there?

Then using the resources they already have, the groups will then accurately place their new location on the Florida map they have already drawn, name the location and then draw a zoom scale map of the urban center itself, how it would look, how many people it is designed to hold, locations of public amenities (yes including schools, groan J).




            Population density

        People per square mile, 1990: 239.6

        People per square mile, 2000: 296.4



Read the following link for further information:






The maps will be graded according to the scoring rubric below



Elements required to complete the score shown


Maps are to scale and reflect the population size, all amenities are shown, infrastructure is complete, sources of power/water/garbage disposal highlighted, economic centers shown, group uses a key.


All the elements from the above, groups forget to use a key.


Missing one further aspect required or incomplete information.


Missing two aspects required on the map or incomplete information.


Missing three aspects required on the map or incomplete information.


Incomplete assignment