How do I stop the
Unfortunately, when you see the signs (right), it's usually too late to do anything to stop the development. Instead, the best thing an ordinary citizen can do is engage their local government officials in making smart land-use decisions proactively which requires foresight and resources.
A good resource on the subject is the book, How To Win Land Development Issues, which can be downloaded for free from Community & Environmental Defense Services.
This 101-page book is a comprehensive citizen guide to resolving concerns about sprawl, highways, commercial and residential projects, landfills, and a number of other development types. The book emphasizes a win-win approach utilizing Smart Growth principles.