Recent Legal Developments under the Coastal Zone Management Act

by Joan M. Bondareff, NOAA, Washington, DC, USA,
L. Pittman, NOAA, Washington, DC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


The experiment in federal-state cooperation for management of the area known as the coastal zone is generally working well fifteen years after the enactment of the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA). Although the courts have pared down some of the authority states believed they had under the federal consistency provisions of the CZMA, other courts have reaffirmed the states' authority over land and water use decisionmaking in the coastal zone. The result of judicial interpretations on the CZMA and its effectiveness as a land use management tool is not yet clear.

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