Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Community Planning (MCP)


Community Planning and Area Development

First Advisor

Howard H. Foster, Jr.


The topic selected for this study is the concept of environmental linkage fees is the selected area of research for this project. The role that these fee systems will play in the future of both planning and environmental preservation will be examined in this study.

It is important however, to define and differentiate between experimental impact fees, a more general impact fee and other developmental exactions. This differential analysis will demonstrate how environmental linkage fees are distinct from other types of impact fees and exactions, while also maintaining similar characteristics. The study will also review the legal precedence for the application other types of impact fees and describe the conditions necessary for these fees to withstand legal challenges that an environmental linkage fee system might encounter.



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