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I is for Inclusionary

Act of 1985, which created a Council on Affordable Housing (COAH). Municipal plans had to include housing elements and fair-share plans. COAH, in turn, would certify the local housing plan’s consistency with criteria designed to…

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Single-Family-Only Zones

on physical conditions capable of being proven to bear a direct relationship to public health and safety — preventing the extreme congestion commonly associated with the practices of apartment and tenement house construction of that…

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X is for X-Rated Land Uses

prohibited from locating within specified distances of schools, churches, parks, and other places of public assembly. In addition, zoning ordinances often include conditions such as screening the use and its parking facility from view from…

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J is for Justice

and the poor of all colors —- precipitated by the Urban Renewal clearance projects and Interstate Highway construction programs of the late 1950s and early 1960s (coupled with zoning practices that severely curtailed alternative housing…

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L is for Land Subdivision

(July/August 1992).Read excerpt from start of article: Land ownership and subdivision in America has long been subject to detailed legal requirements and procedures. That was certainly true during America’s Colonial era, as each colony prescribed…

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K is for Knowledge

formulation of processes for putting the plan into effect. This “classic” planning approach, however, was critically flawed in two ways. First, since data gathering preceded the consideration of plan policies, it was impossible to gather…

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Y is for Youth

impressive, central high schools and their organized sports fields. These schools became integral components of town and city centers. High-school-age children thus had after-school access (either by foot or by electric trolley car or rubber-tired…

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N is for Neighborhood

people each, focused on an elementary school, bounded by major streets, and containing a variety of residential accommodations. Industry was located at the perimeter of the community. Commerce was focused on the community center, a…

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M is for Maps

“development policy map,” often termed “The Official City (or Master) Plan.” These maps displayed the physical outcome of the recommendations developed in the comprehensive planning process: proposed major streets and highways, commercial and industrial areas,…