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The University of Texas at Austin

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

State Growth Management and Open Space Preservation Policies

State Growth Management and Open Space Preservation Policies

Project directed by Robert H. Wilson and Robert Paterson

Managing urban sprawl and protecting open space have become public policy issues of increasing concern during the last decade. Even though land use management is principally a responsibility of local governments acting under authority established by state laws and programs, the U.S. Congress is interested in understanding the ways in which federal actions affect these state and local efforts. This report, prepared for the Congressional Research Service, identifies and characterizes state initiatives directly related to growth management and open space preservation that were enacted, adopted, or undertaken in some other way since 1990. These include laws passed by state legislatures (including significant amendments to existing laws), voter initiatives, programs initiated without explicit enabling legislation, and executive orders. Included in this review of state laws is consideration of the many growth management issues, as defined by the research team, and identification of the approaches employed by state governments to address each issue.

Policy Research Project Reports Series No. 143
2002 / 8.5" x 11" / 206 pp.
ISBN-10: 0-89940-756-0
Publication Code (PR-143)


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