Over the past couple of years, I have been reviewing the concept of "demographic shift".
There are several research studies that underscore the issues involving Paragon Adventure Park.
I will have an article covering some of the core issues in the next edition of the UFWDA Voice. A preview of it is available in the February UFWDA e-News. I also highlight the issue in my "Getting Involved" seminar that is part of United Landuse Conference.
Basically, there is a shift in population from urban to rural areas. There is also an increase in population is many urban areas. As a result, many "rural lands" are being developed to accomdate the economic needs of the increasing population.
Accompanying the population shift is a shift in political power. The past two election cycles have underscored the importance of certain counties and how there population can have a significant political impact.
So, people are moving back to rural areas. The same areas they abandoned over the past few decades seeking opportunity in the urban setting. However, people moving back to rural areas are not dependant on eraning a living in the rural areas. They are seeking the amenities; access to national forests.
Accompanying this shift is a trend to build infrastructure to accomdate the growing region. Hence, projects such as the regional mega-airport are being built. In this case, recreation lost.
I have seen presentations on the new airport proposal for Las Vegas, NV. The site is located about 30 miles fro mthe current airport which near downtown Las Vegas.
So, there is a "trend" moving across the nation. That trend is change and ensuring recreation is part of the equation is a big challenge.