Land Use and Society, Revised Edition: Geography, Law, and by Rutherford H. Platt

By Rutherford H. Platt

This revised variation comprises the 2000 census figures. The bankruptcy on zoning has been prolonged to hide shrewdpermanent development and the realization has been up to date.

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S. Council on Environmental Quality 1984, 283). S. A. A. —2001, Table 824.   P R E L I M I N A R I E S : L A N D , G E O G R A P H Y, A N D L A W that replacement land for cultivation has been drawn from other rural categories, principally forest, range, pasture, and wetlands. Replacement land, however, is not necessarily equivalent in quality to the cropland converted to nonagricultural purposes. Heavier application of irrigation water, chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and labor is required to render such marginal lands productive.

Also, because a large proportion of rural land is publicly owned, it is mapped and managed by government land agencies (federal, state, county, or local). The urban landscape, by contrast, is a vast mosaic of buildings, paved areas, parks, vacant land, private yards, and even residual agriculture and natural areas. How much of this crazy-quilt of land use is “urban”? Drawing a boundary between urban and nonurban areas is a matter of definition and subjective judgment. Another problem is the scarcity of national-level data on urban land usage.

A. A. —2001, Table 824.   P R E L I M I N A R I E S : L A N D , G E O G R A P H Y, A N D L A W that replacement land for cultivation has been drawn from other rural categories, principally forest, range, pasture, and wetlands. Replacement land, however, is not necessarily equivalent in quality to the cropland converted to nonagricultural purposes. Heavier application of irrigation water, chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and labor is required to render such marginal lands productive. Furthermore, the continued drainage of wetlands for agriculture in Florida, the South Central states, and California—once consistent with national policy—now is viewed as threatening to the ecological values and functions of wetlands in their natural state.

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