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Land Use (generally)

Coordination and Planning Tools That Can Be Applied to Biodiversity Conservation

Editors' Summary: An institutionalized planning process for biodiversity conservation can help fill in gaps left by legal tools that are inadequately designed or rarely implemented. In this Article, authors Robert McKinstry Jr., James...

The Golden Hour: The Role of Historic Preservation Law in the Immediate Aftermath of Disaster

Editor's Summary: Hurricane Hugo damaged approximately 80% of the 3, historic buildings located in Charleston, South Carolina. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, caused considerable damage to landmark property in New York City...

Justified Trespass: How and Why Recreationists May Sometimes Enjoy America's Private Lands

Editors' Summary: All Americans should have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty and wonder that our nation's lands have to offer. Yet while the number of public lands remains somewhat constant, the number of visitors to these places is...

Conservation Easements as an Effective Growth Management Technique

Editors' Summary: A number of innovative smart growth programs are being used to battle urban sprawl and protect environmentally sensitive land. This Article advocates for the use of conservation easements as an effective growth...

Dusting Off the Blueprint for a Dryland Democracy: Incorporating Watershed Integrity and Water Availability Into Land Use Decisions

I. John Wesley Powell's Blueprint for a Dryland Democracy

In 1878, Maj. John Wesley Powell delivered to the Secretary of the Interior his Report on the Lands of the Arid Region of the United States in which he outlined his...

Drafting Nature-Friendly Ordinances: An Ecological Checklist

Throughout the United States, local governments have begun to recognize responsibilities relating to the health and function of the natural environments within their boundaries. Land use ordinances--including planning, zoning, and...

Nature and Property: A Riparian Law Perspective

I. Introduction

This Article will characterize how one area of property law, title rules for coastal and riverfront property, represents particular views of nature. In doing so it will examine how the law in this area defines the...

Nature and Property: A Riparian Law Perspective

I. Introduction

This Article will characterize how one area of property law, title rules for coastal and riverfront property, represents particular views of nature. In doing so it will examine how the law in this area defines the...

Land Use Regulation in Houston Contradicts the City's Free Market Reputation

Throughout the 20th century, government agencies increasingly regulated the use of private land in the United States. In particular, zoning spread across the country as the principal regulatory tool for land use control. Although many...

Smart Growth and Innovative Design: An Analysis of the New Community

In the early 19th century, most metropolitan areas were compact, with strong downtown areas that provided not only retail, government, and other services, but also a variety of cultural activities. Although some of rich society lived in...