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Enhancing the Urban Environment Through Green Infrastructure

This Article is adapted from Chapter Seven of John R. Nolon, Protecting the Environment Through Land Use Law: Standing Ground, published by ELI Press. The book describes how localities are responding to new challenges,...

Illegal Fowl: A Survey of Municipal Laws Relating to Backyard Poultry and a Model Ordinance for Regulating City Chickens

As the movement toward keeping backyard chickens continues to grow, many cities are facing the decision of whether to allow residents to keep chickens and, if so, how to effectively regulate the practice. A survey of municipal...

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...

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...