Making Governments Plan: State Experiments in Managing Land Use

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"The message of this book is one of cautious optimism. New challenges to planning are coming forth... These have caused some state legislatures to be reluctant to create or strengthen comprehensive-planning requirements. We do not think that such challenges necessitate a dismantling of these requirements. Instead, they require stronger justification for governmental actions and more (rather than less) attention to the details of the design of state mandates."—from Making ...

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"The message of this book is one of cautious optimism. New challenges to planning are coming forth... These have caused some state legislatures to be reluctant to create or strengthen comprehensive-planning requirements. We do not think that such challenges necessitate a dismantling of these requirements. Instead, they require stronger justification for governmental actions and more (rather than less) attention to the details of the design of state mandates."—from Making Governments Plan

In the past fifty years the American landscape—urban, rural, and wild—has undergone significant change. Searching for ways of coping with this change, policy makers at the state and local levels have attempted to capture the benefits of development while avoiding the congestion, housing shortages, and environmental degradation that often accompany rapid changes in land use. Uncounted new methods—growth boundaries, subdivision exactions, impact fees—have been tried. At the forefront of the growth management movement, a handful of states have forged new systems of governance to link local policy more closely to state goals and to cajole (and sometimes coerce) cooperation among neighboring localities.

In this path-breaking book, a team of scholars from five universities show how new experiments in growth management can reinvigorate land use planning and help local governments find new solutions to the problems caused by growth and change. Drawing on evidence from five states and scores of cities and counties, the authors show why the benefits of growth are not automatic. Much depends on how well states craft growth management legislation, how amply programs are funded, and how dedicated state officials are to working with localities. By building on these findings, they conclude, states and localities can improve their chances for coping successfully with land use change.

Beyond these policy lessons, Making Governments Plan offers important theoretical insights on how to design intergovernmental programs more effectively and how to use local comprehensive plans to further policy objectives. This knowledge can, in turn, provide the foundation for further theoretical work and for extending the lessons of this book to other policy arenas.

Published in cooperation with the Center for American Places, Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
A rigorously researched and informative book on the effects of state planning mandates on local planmaking and local growth management... the book is essential reading.

— Ernest Sternberg

Journal of Environmental Planning and Management - Ernest Sternberg

A rigorously researched and informative book on the effects of state planning mandates on local planmaking and local growth management... the book is essential reading.

Booknews
Burby urban and public affairs, U. of New Orleans and May political science, U. of Washington, with three other experts, draw upon their comparative study of the experience of states, cities, and counties nationwide with planned growth and land use change. Lessons for successful programs furthering policy objectives entail: how well growth mandates are crafted, how well programs are funded, and how committed state officials are to working with localities. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801856235
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Raymond J. Burby is DeBlois Chair of Urban and Public Affairs and Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of New Orleans. His many books include Environmental Management and Governance, Sharing Environmental Risks, and Cities Under Water. Peter J. May is professor of political science at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1 The States and Planning Mandates 1
2 California: Coping with Congestion 27
3 North Carolina: Mandated Planning to Protect the Coast 38
4 Florida: Putting It All Together 48
5 Texas and Washington: Marching to a Different Drummer 66
6 Designing and Implementing Mandates 79
7 Enhancing Planning 99
8 Managing Development 116
9 Rethinking Planning Mandates 137
Appendix Research Design and Measurement of Variables 155
References 173
Index 183
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