Amenity-rich rural communities attract tourists, retirees, secondhome owners, and others whose values are often assumed to conflict with those of longtime residents. While prior research has examined attitudinal differences across types of residents, questions about the effects of community growth on residents’ attitudes remain unanswered. This study examines whether and how seasonal and permanent residents differ within and across towns experiencing different rates of growth, and the implications of differences for attitudes toward community development and preservation. Results showed that permanent residents (both short- and long-term) perceived community development initiatives as more important to maintaining future quality of life than did seasonal homeowners. Further, community growth rates had statistically significant effects: residents of slower-growth towns attributed higher importance to both development and preservation initiatives than did residents of faster-growing towns. Growth rate was thus a stronger predictor of attitudes toward both development and preservation than resident type.
Park, Minkyung; Derrien, Monika; Geczi, Emilian; Stokowski, Patricia A. 2019. Grappling with growth: Perceptions of development and preservation in faster- and slower-growing amenity communities*. Society & Natural Resources. 32(1): 73-92. https://doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2018.1501527.