Influence of Amenity Migration on Land-Use Planning in Jackson County, North Carolina: A Political Ecology Approach

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Rowland, Jessica McCallum
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Amenity migration generates a unique set of environmental management conflicts. These conflicts have been well studied in the Western United States, but there has been little research directed towards the Eastern United States and in particular southern Appalachia. This gap in the literature is addressed by presenting a case study from the mountains of Western North Carolina. Using Q methodology, this project asks how the opinions of amenity migrants concerning two controversial land use ordinances differ from those of other rural land users (i.e. long-term rural residents, local government officials, and real estate agents/developers) and examines how the convergence and divergence in opinions may shape future local environmental management. At issue are differing ideas of "nature" and "rural" as the county transforms from an economy based in natural resource extraction to one focused on real estate development. This project hopes to contribute to the study of amenity migration and environmental management by applying a political ecology analysis to a previously understudied region.
Amenity migration -- North Carolina, Western; Amenity migration -- Environmental aspects -- Case studies; Land use -- North Carolina, Western -- Planning; Human ecology