“The quality of our lives depends on the quality of our environment, which is largely dependent on the quality of our land use”
Communities and citizens nationwide remain frustrated by their inability to halt the disturbing pattern of land development leapfrogging across the national landscape creating an ecologically destructive, unsustainable and aesthetically unappealing pattern of land use. The solution to this dilemma will not be found in the promulgation of more state and federal laws, rules, and regulations, but in the communities themselves and in the way they construct their Municipal Master Plans.
William Honachefsky’s new book, entitled, “Ecologically Based Municipal Land Use Planning”, will revolutionize the way American communities plan their land use. Drawing upon more than 30 years of experience, including the investigation of thousands of cases of environmental abuse, Honachefsky presents a powerful combination of strategies that:
1. Help restore the Municipal Master Plan to its rightful place of dominance over zoning;
2. Incorporate 30 years of scientific research and a host of new and unique “ecological indicators” with which a community can finally assess the health of the natural resources that help sustain it;
3. Apply GIS to problem solving;
4. Make preservation of the community’s “ecological infrastructure” the paramount priority of the Municipal Master Plan.
This book is about the empowerment of regular citizens and the crafting of scientifically based local land use master plans that will withstand even the most withering judicial scrutiny. No community in the United States will, henceforth, ever be able to say that they did not have the tools to stop land sprawl in its tracks. The question is, will they have the courage to bring land use planning up to the standards needed for the 21st century.
Contact information and/or review copy:
CRC Press/ Lewis Publishers, Boca Raton, FL at 1-800-272-7737
More information can be found at the amazon.com and the barnesandnoble.com bookstore websites.
Mr. Honachefsky is the author of two prior books on land use and environmental protection and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org., (h) 908-638-8650, or (f)908-638-3105.