The Renaissance in Land Use And its Role in the Solution Of Environmental Problems

James E. Frank

DOI: 10.2190/K36D-17CV-EV6M-NJBK


The purpose of this paper is to summarize the recent actions taken by state legislatures, land use law revision study groups, and a number of key individuals in the area of land use law and planning and then to relate their implications for environmental systems planning and regulation. The review begins with a succinct summary of our current system of land use control and its primary deficiencies. Recent actions leading to wholesale revision of this framework are then described in terms of two major categories: 1) the direct entry of states into land development planning and control, and 2) state statutory revision of the legal framework within which local planning and land use controls operate. Finally, the implications of these two areas of change for environmental systems are identified.

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