Varieties of U.S. growth management: Lessons from New York and San Francisco

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The United States has huge internal variation in its land use policy. The chapter explores the clustering of land use regulations and affordable housing programs into regulatory regimes. It explores the regulatory regimes of land use regulation in two US metropolitan areas: San Francisco and New York. San Francisco is dominated by ‘modern’ regulatory regimes; New York is dominated by traditional regimes. The chapter considers that, among the nations, United States has the most federal system of governance among the nations. Local government structure is one of the most important components of the institutional framework for land use planning in the United States. California requires all its local governments to adopt ‘general plans’ consisting of seven elements: land use, housing, circulation, open space, recreation, public facilities, safety, and noise. California has also enacted programs to encourage the construction of a range of housing types in its communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTowards Sustainable Cities
Subtitle of host publicationEast Asian, North American and European Perspectives on Managing Urban Regions
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781351878456
ISBN (Print)9780754637660
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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