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Ethical Land Use : Principles of Policy and Planning - Timothy Beatley

Ethical Land Use

Principles of Policy and Planning

Paperback Published: 19th April 1994
ISBN: 9780801846991
Number Of Pages: 320
For Ages: 22+ years old

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"That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology", wrote Aldo Leopold in 1933, "but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics". Since then, every generation has taken up Leopold's search for a "land ethic" to guide decision-making which would balance economic considerations with concerns for beauty, sustainability and quality-of-life. Should a community preserve or develop the remaining wetlands within its jurisdiction? Should a local government allow low-income housing to be built in an affluent neighbourhood? Does a farmer continue farming despite surrounding urbanization or does he sell the land for a profit and allow further development? "Ethical Land Use" is an examination of the ethical dimensions of land use decisions and policy. Its premise is that all land use decisions - whether to build an interstate highway or maintain a suburban lawn with chemical fertilizers - invariably involve ethical choices. Historically, Beatley observes, many such decisions were made on narrow legal, technical or economic grounds rather than on a full consideration of their complex ethical and moral dimensions. Drawing on a combination of actual land use conflicts and hypothetical scenarios, Beatley offers a full description and analysis of the difficult issues faced by policymakers as well as individual citizens.

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This volume is the first of its kind in which ethical dimensions of land use are both stated and encouraged... A valuable addition to libraries in environmental studies, geography, and planning. * Choice *

List of Abbreviations
Preface and Acknowledgments
The Ethical Framework
Land-Use Policy and Ethical Choicesp. 3
The Nature of Ethical Discourse about Land Usep. 18
Sets of Land-Use Ethics and Obligations
Utilitarian and Market Perspectives on Land Usep. 33
Culpability and the Prevention of Land-Use Harmsp. 54
Land-Use Rightsp. 65
Distributive Obligations in Land Usep. 87
Ethical Duties to the Environmentp. 102
Land-Use Obligations to Future Generationsp. 134
Ethics and Individual Liberties
Paternalism and Voluntary Risk-takingp. 155
Expectations and Promises in Land-Use Policyp. 170
Private Property Land-Use Profits, and the Takings Issuep. 190
Ethics, Community, and Politics
Defining Life-Style and Community Characterp. 211
Duties beyond Borders: Interjurisdictional Land-Use Ethicsp. 227
The Ethics of Land-Use Politicsp. 241
Principles of Ethical Land Usep. 261
Referencesp. 275
Bibliographical Essayp. 291
Indexp. 297
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ISBN: 9780801846991
ISBN-10: 0801846994
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 19th April 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.39  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.49