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Politics of Land Use: Balancing Private Rights and Public Power
Politics of land use: Balancing private rights and public power

Nothing is more intimate in the life of a community, or more reflective of its most sacred commitments and prerogatives, than its treatment of land.

—Sidney Plotkin (1987, p. 2)

The questions, concerns, and issues that are raised when we consider land and its use speak to the heart of a society. Land use policy and land use control have fundamental impacts on individuals and their social order: rights to exclude others from private property, obligations to the public, support of economic growth, and the proper procedures of democracy. Questions over land use draw in concerns from many disciplines including law, political science, economics, sociology, the environmental sciences, ...

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