State Planning Mandates and Coastal Management

by Raymond J. Burby, Univerisity of New Orleans, New Orleans, United States,
Linda C. Dalton, Univerisity of New Orleans, New Orleans, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93


This paper examines the impacts of state requirements for local comprehensive plans on local governments' management of coastal development. Comparison of local plans, planners' commitment to manage development, and local development management efforts in states with and without planning mandates reveals a key flaw in current state programs. They are effective in producing plans, but because they have little effect on planners' commitment to state goals, they have only a modest effect on local development management. That shortfall can be overcome if states pay more attention to increasing planners' commitment to state policy objectives and to strengthening the link between plans and management, creating incentives for local government to pay more attention to planning policies and recommendations.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Local government | Public policy | Comparative studies | Coastal engineering | Laws and regulations | Legislation | Land use

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