Land Use and Society: Geography Law and Public Policy / Edition 2

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<p>Land Use and Society: Geography, Law, and Public Policy examines the history, current practice, and unmet needs of land use planning and regulation in the United States. Rutherford H. Platt, a geographer and lawyer with over twenty-five years experience in research, teaching, and consulting on land use policy, recounts the evolution of land use management and regulation from its early roots in English common law to contemporary legal approaches and constitutional issues. Topics covered include: <ul> <li>the interaction of geography and law in land use policy <li>historic development of response to urban problems in the nineteenth century <li>important land use legal cases in the United States over the past century, including current takings law <li>strengths and weaknesses of American experience with zoning laws and related measures <li>techniques employed by state and local governments to steer private developers into responsible growth practices <li>the protection of wetlands, floodplains, coastal zones, and agricultural areas <li>what has been accomplished and what remains inadequately addressed in contemporary urban land use management </ul> Throughout, the author argues that rational planning and controlled exploitation of natural resources are hindered by fragmented jurisdictions of federal, state, local, and municipal regulatory bodies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559634359
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 521
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Reflections on a Cross-Country Flight
1 Land Resources and Issues in the United States 3
2 The Interaction of Geography and Law 29
3 English Roots of Modern Land Use Controls 61
4 Property Rights: The Owner as Planner 93
5 Local Governments in the United States 121
6 Urban Reforms of the 19th Century 155
7 Land Use Zoning: Origins and Practice 215
8 Constitutional and Policy Issues of Urban Planning 251
9 Beyond Zoning: Urban Land Use Control by Other Means 295
10 State and Regional Land Use Programs 345
11 Federal Lands: Policies in Conflict 369
12 Congress and Land Use 393
Conclusion: Successes, Failures, and Fundamentals 479
Index 495
List of Cases Cited 503
Some Common Acronyms 507
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