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Aesthetic, historic preservation, growth, transportation, housing

Aesthetic

1. What are the arguments for and against the regulation of aesthetic matters in public policy?
2. In what circumstances (if any) do you think billboards should be banned?
3. Is 'preservation of community character' a legitimate matter for land use regulation?
4. Do you think that good design will show up in market prices and quality of life?
5. How do earlier principles of New Urbanism differ from earlier development?

Historic preservation

1. In what ways can historic preservation be integrated with land use planning?
2. Discuss ways in which historic preservation policies impact on the federal government.
3. On what grounds is it justifiable to give public subsidy for the preservation of old buildings?

Growth Management and Local Government

1. Describe the various methods of managing local urban growth. Which do you think is the most effective?
2. Evaluate the reasons for protecting farmland. Do they appeal to you?

Transportation

1. How far can land use planning controls be used to lessen traffic?
2. Discuss the issue that parking controls are the single most effective means of traffic involvement.
3. How viable is comprehensive transportation planning?

Housing

1. How does the importance of housing affect land use planning?
2. Compare the ways in which motor vehicles and houses 'filter' down to lower income groups.
3. Can discrimination be effectively controlled or at even lessened by legislation?

Community and Economic Development

1. What are the objectives of community and economic development?
2. Are incentives for economic development justifiable?
3. What are the ingredients for a successful local economic development policy?
4. Why is urban policy so difficult?

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Public policy

Aesthetic

1. What are the arguments for and against the regulation of aesthetic matters?
Content-neutral is a justification which ensures that scenic beauty and property values are protected, issues regarding traffic and safety are also handled. In addition, values need to be upheld to ensure that general welfare of individuals is taken into consideration through public good and social order promotion.

2. In what circumstances (if any) do you think billboards should be banned?
There are circumstances where bill boards advertising should be banned such as State's regulation on banning alcohol and beverages advertising therefore restricting price advertising. This resulted to fourteen states banning bill board advertising of distilled spirits including seven states which were already licensed. For over years, its have been known that bill boards have a significant effect on how youths behave. This belief has formed a basis for the banning of billboard advertising products such as alcohol and tobacco. Therefore, it is expected that alcohol behaviors among the youths will be viewed as inter-state differences in the adult per capita income. According to Cook and Moore (2000, 2001), banning price advertising increases the searching costs of consumers and reduces competition among the retailers.

3. Is "preservation of community character" a legitimate matter for land use regulation?
Preservation of community character is a legitimate matter for land use regulation. This is evident from the case (People v. Stover 1963), where the court ruled that the people were justified in stopping Stover from her unusual protesting form which was offensive unnecessarily to an average person's sensibilities. Most courts consider an aesthetics view as a legitimate public purpose which can be controlled by land use regulation (Cullingworth, & Caves 2008).

4. Do you think that good design will show up in market prices and quality of life?
Good design will show up in the market prices and quality of life since individuals in the market today look for good design which is always constantly improving such as the construction of good quality houses.

5. How do earlier principles of New Urbanism differ from earlier development?
Earlier principles of new urbanism limits the amount of land that an individual can own unlike the earlier developments which does not any place any form of limitations on incentives.

Historic preservation

1. In what ways can historic preservation be integrated with land use planning?
Land use planning ...

Solution Summary

The aesthetic, historic preservation, growth, transportation and housing is examined.

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