Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Community Planning (MCP)


Community Planning and Area Development

First Advisor

Farhad Atash


Controls over the use of land are the prerogative of local government. Prior to 1970's, states had little involvement in land use decision-making except in review of court cases. The 1970's were witness to a "Quiet Revolution" in land use control when innovative legislation was passed in many states. A number of states initiated a movement that attempted to change the traditional institutional arrangements and began to introduce a new role for the state in land use planning and control . This movement was supported by the general public whose serious concerns for environmental protection and regulatory centralization was rapidly rising. It was time to reassess the need for a more collaborative system of land use decision-making and growth management and implementation between the various levels of government. Despite the persistent effort of local governments in dealing with urbanization and in controlling the impact of growth upon the environment, the existing local mechanism, in many instances, was proven defective and inadequate.



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