Environmental quality is a relatively recent addition to the mainstream of planning activity; only since the early 1970s has concern over the environmental effects of both public and private actions been widespread. This issue of Carolina Planning features several articles that discuss how this environmental awareness has been translated into policy and planning practice at all levels of government, and also how environmental concern can be better directed in the future.
Editors: Catherine Morris, Ruth Ann Weidner, and John Marling
A digital version of this issue is available here.
|ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY AS A PLANNING OBJECTIVE: TRENDS SINCE 1970
The author argues that the energy situation, an inflationary economy, and problems with environmental contamination have caused a shift in priorities. The emphasis is no longer on “clean-up for its own sake” but on health and safety as the most important policy objectives.
|FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY: PROGRESS & PROSPECTS
Environmental policy in the past decade has focused on three major areas: pollution control, environmental impacts of major public actions, and resource conflict. The author describes progress made on these fronts and suggests probable policy directions for the 1980s.
|ECONOMIC INCENTIVES & DISINCENTIVES: A NEW APPROACH TO FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT
Direct regulation is the common form of floodplain management. A mixed strategy of economic incentives & disincentives may be more equitable, economically efficient, politically acceptable, and easy to administer
|NORTH CAROLINA’S GROWING PROBLEM
The rapid development of the state’s floodplains has increased the possibility of flood-related property damage and loss of life. The author argues that the situation will worsen unless planners take action.
|GROWTH MANAGEMENT THROUGH DRI REVIEW: LEARNING FROM THE FLORIDA EXPERIENCE
Review of Developments of Regional Impact (DRI) is a relatively new growth management tool in Florida. The strengths and weaknesses of the Florida approach are examined to suggest how planners might structure a successful DRI program.
|THE SMALL CITY TAXI INDUSTRY: POLICY OPTIONS FOR PRESERVING A THREATENED MOBILITY RESOURCE
Taxicabs are frequently the only transportation available to low income people in small cities, and the industry is in trouble. Policy options for planners interested in maintaining the industry are discussed.