A Better Way To Zone

Author: Donald L. Elliott
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 1610910559
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Nearly all large American cities rely on zoning to regulate land use. According to Donald L. Elliott, however, zoning often discourages the very development that bigger cities need and want. In fact, Elliott thinks that zoning has become so complex that it is often dysfunctional and in desperate need of an overhaul. A Better Way to Zone explains precisely what has gone wrong and how it can be fixed. A Better Way to Zone explores the constitutional and legal framework of zoning, its evolution over the course of the twentieth century, the reasons behind major reform efforts of the past, and the adverse impacts of most current city zoning systems. To unravel what has gone wrong, Elliott identifies several assumptions behind early zoning that no longer hold true, four new land use drivers that have emerged since zoning began, and basic elements of good urban governance that are violated by prevailing forms of zoning. With insight and clarity, Elliott then identifies ten sound principles for change that would avoid these mistakes, produce more livable cities, and make zoning simpler to understand and use. He also proposes five practical steps to get started on the road to zoning reform. While recent discussion of zoning has focused on how cities should look, A Better Way to Zone does not follow that trend. Although New Urbanist tools, form-based zoning, and the SmartCode are making headlines both within and outside the planning profession, Elliott believes that each has limitations as a general approach to big city zoning. While all three trends include innovations that the profession badly needs, they are sometimes misapplied to situations where they do not work well. In contrast, A Better Way to Zone provides a vision of the future of zoning that is not tied to a particular picture of how cities should look, but is instead based on how cities should operate.

A Better Way To Zone

Author: Donald L. Elliott
Publisher: Island Pr
ISBN: 9781597261814
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With insight and clarity, Donald L. Elliott identifies ten sound principles to foment change, produce more livable cities, and make zoning simpler to understand and use, and also proposes five practical steps to get started on the road to zoning reform. Book jacket.

City Rules

Author: Emily Talen
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 1610911768
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City Rules offers a challenge to students and professionals in urban planning, design, and policy to change the rules of city-building, using regulations to reinvigorate, rather than stifle, our communities. Emily Talen demonstrates that regulations are a primary detriment to the creation of a desirable urban form. While many contemporary codes encourage sprawl and even urban blight, that hasn't always been the case-and it shouldn't be in the future. Talen provides a visually rich history, showing how certain eras used rules to produce beautiful, walkable, and sustainable communities, while others created just the opposite. She makes complex regulations understandable, demystifying city rules like zoning and illustrating how written codes translate into real-world consequences. Most importantly, Talen proposes changes to these rules that will actually enhance communities' freedom to develop unique spaces.

City Management Keys To Success

Author: Orville W. Powell
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 9781403323026
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At last, a good book about one of the most exciting career opportunities available in the country today – city management. It is an exciting and rewarding career because all the great issues our society – crime, pollution, urban sprawl, economic development, traffic congestion, race relations and terrorism – are concentrated in our cities. City managers dealing with these issues are in a unique position to make a positive difference in the lives of people in their communities. This book will: Help the reader evaluate city management as a career Explain the educational and work experience needed to become a city manager Give helpful tips that will allow the reader to have a long and successful career in city management Explain how to deal effectively with hate groups Explain how the news media works and how to deal with them Identify the danger signs of a city manager in trouble Gently guide the reader through losing a city manager’s job and starting over Help the reader prepare mentally for retirement. The book is a must read for anyone who has – or wants – a management position in the public sector.

Urban Development

Author: Lewis D. Hopkins
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 1610913450
Size: 19.27 MB
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With increased awareness of the role of plans in shaping urban and suburban landscapes has come increased criticism of planners and the planning profession. Developers, politicians, and citizens alike blame "poor planning" for a host of community ills. But what are plans really supposed to do? How do they work? What problems can they successfully address, and what is beyond their scope? In Urban Development, leading planning scholar Lewis Hopkins tackles these thorny issues as he explains the logic of plans for urban development and justifies prescriptions about when and how to make them. He explores the concepts behind plans, some that are widely accepted but seldom examined, and others that modify conventional wisdom about the use and usefulness of plans. The book: places the role of plans and planners within the complex system of urban development offers examples from the history of plans and planning discusses when plans should be made (and when they should not be made) gives a realistic idea of what can be expected from plans examines ways of gauging the success or failure of plansThe author supports his explanations with graphics, case examples, and hypothetical illustrations that enliven, clarify, and make concrete the discussions of how decisions about plans are and should be made.Urban Development will give all those involved with planning human settlements a more thorough understanding of why and how plans are made, enabling them to make better choices about using and making plans. It is an important contribution that will be essential for students and faculty in planning theory, land use planning, and planning project courses.

Understanding The Law Of Zoning And Land Use Controls

Author: Barlow Burke, Jr.
Publisher: LexisNexis
ISBN: 0327185287
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This comprehensive and clearly written Understanding treatise addresses zoning, land use, and environmental regulation in a national, jurisdiction-independent manner. Understanding the Law of Zoning and Land Use Controls is divided into the following six parts: Part 1: Fundamental Concepts: The Police Power, Takings, and Zoning Part 2: The Zoning Forms of Action Part 3: Economic Discrimination and Zoning Part 4: Wetlands and Beaches Part 5: Regulating the User, Not the Use Part 6: Halting an Owner's Further Regulation The book also includes a glossary of Land Use Terms.

Reinventing Development Regulations

Author: Jonathan Barnett
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781558443723
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"Advocates for reinventing land use development regulations within the context of the existing regulatory system. Chapters discuss how to relate development to the natural environment, manage climate change through development regulations, encourage walking by mixing land uses, preserve historic landmarks, create more affordable housing and promote environmental justice, establish community design principles, and safeguard private property interests"--

Zoned In The Usa

Author: Sonia A. Hirt
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 0801454700
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Why are American cities, suburbs, and towns so distinct? Compared to European cities, those in the United States are characterized by lower densities and greater distances; neat, geometric layouts; an abundance of green space; a greater level of social segregation reflected in space; and—perhaps most noticeably—a greater share of individual, single-family detached housing. In Zoned in the USA, Sonia A. Hirt argues that zoning laws are among the important but understudied reasons for the cross-continental differences. Hirt shows that rather than being imported from Europe, U.S. municipal zoning law was in fact an institution that quickly developed its own, distinctly American profile. A distinct spatial culture of individualism—founded on an ideal of separate, single-family residences apart from the dirt and turmoil of industrial and agricultural production—has driven much of municipal regulation, defined land-use, and, ultimately, shaped American life. Hirt explores municipal zoning from a comparative and international perspective, drawing on archival resources and contemporary land-use laws from England, Germany, France, Australia, Russia, Canada, and Japan to challenge assumptions about American cities and the laws that guide them.

Land Use And The Constitution

Author: Brian William Blaesser
Publisher: Amer Planning Assn
ISBN:
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This practical handbook explains eight constitutional principles and applies them to real-world planning situations. These statements of principles reflect consensus opinions, but the book also discusses points of dissent. It includes detailed summaries of more than fifty U.S. Supreme Court cases affecting land-use planning, along with a comprehensive table of contents, a cross-referenced index, three matricies that relate sections of the book to one another, and a summary of constitutional principles that relates them to land-use planning techniques. All of these features make it easy to locate key constitutional principles quickly. This book is the result of a 1987 symposium that brought together two dozen leading practitioners and scholars in the fields of planning and law.

Beyond Mobility

Author: Robert Cervero
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 1610918347
Size: 60.67 MB
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Beyond Mobility is about prioritizing the needs and aspirations of people and the creation of great places. This is as important, if not more important, than expediting movement. A stronger focus on accessibility and place creates better communities, environments, and economies. There are many examples of communities across the globe working to create a seamless fit between transit and surrounding land uses, retrofit car-oriented suburbs, reclaim surplus or dangerous roadways for other activities, and revitalize neglected urban spaces like abandoned railways in urban centers. The authors draw on experiences and data from a range of cities and countries around the globe in making the case for moving beyond mobility.