Planning and Law: Shaping the Legal Environment of Land Development and Preservation
Charles M. Haar
Harvard Law School
Michael Allan Wolf
University of Florida - Fredric G. Levin College of Law
Environmental Law Reporter, Vol. 40, No. 4, pp. 10419-10431, 2010
University of Florida Levin College of Law Research Paper No. 2010-16
It has been more than a century since the City Beautiful movement captured the imagination and attention of public officials throughout America. Today, many states and localities continue to wrestle with the need for, and legal and social significance of, comprehensive planning. In most of the country, zoning preceded planning, a fact that is often evident when one studies current land use patterns. In the last few decades, planning law has reached a new level of sophistication, as courts, commentators, and public officials have explored the ways in which environmental protection and land use controls intersect, at times in a complementary fashion and at other times in conflict. To be successful in this new legal milieu, the modern land use attorney needs to have a healthy respect for planners and planning theory, keeping in mind the needs and desires of their clients and the ways in which poor planning and zoning decisions and the footprint of the modern public-private partnership often have a lasting, negative effect on the unbuilt environment within and beyond our artificial political boundaries. This Article is excerpted from Charles M. Haar & Michael Allan Wolf, Land Use Planning and the Environment: A Casebook (Envtl. L. Inst. 2010).
Number of Pages in PDF File: 14
Keywords: planning, land use, zoning, environmental protection
JEL Classification: K11
Date posted: May 18, 2010
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