A framework for profiling a lake's riparian area development potential

Pamela J. Jakes, Ciara Schlichting, Dorothy H. Anderson

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Some of the greatest challenges for managing residential development occur at the interface between the terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems - in a lake's riparian area. Land use planners need a framework they can use to identify development hotspots, areas were the next push for development will most likely occur. Lake riparian development profiles provide a framework for linking ecological and social factors important to development. In a test of this framework in northern Minnesota, researchers identified seven constructs influencing riparian area development: current general development, current housing development, and availability, accessibility, suitability, aesthetics, and proximity to services. Profiles display a lake's value for each construct relative to the range of values for all lakes in the county. Maps, developed using indicators for several constructs, allow us to identify how the factors interact and are dispersed across the landscape. These profiles help policy makers, planners, and managers identify lakes that are potential development hotspots so they can take timely steps to manage development or control the impacts of development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)391-400
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was funded by the USDA Forest Service, North Central Research Station, St Paul, Minnesota, through a research joint venture with the Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota.


  • Land use change
  • Recreational development
  • Residential development
  • Riparian development


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