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Consensus 1975; Reviewed 1995

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The League of Women Voters of Arizona supports:

  • Action to achieve a physical environment beneficial to life, with emphasis on achieving an optimum balance between human needs and the carrying capacity of the land and its resources.
  • Statewide land use planning which should include economic, social and environmental components, basic services, transportation, new concepts of community design, the best use of resource conservation measures in land use planning, with emphasis on the effects of population growth and distribution.
  • Measures to preserve open space and natural habitat identify and regulate areas of critical concern, including fragile areas, historic areas, riparian habitats, renewable resource lands, and natural hazard lands.
  • Statewide authority over areas and activities outside of local government jurisdiction, or which their governmental bodies fail to regulate.
  • Protection of private property in accordance with the Fifth Amendment, but retaining the government’s right to regulate the use of land through its power to protect the public health, welfare and safety, the decision whether a regulation constitutes a partial taking should be determined by the courts.
  • Requirements for evaluation of economic, social and environmental impacts of major land use projects, whether initiated by government agencies or by private interests.
  • Policies which assure the quality of the environment for people of all economic levels.
  • Increased coordination and communication among land use agencies at all levels of government, and between those agencies and the public.
  • Requiring any boards, commissions or agencies having authority or responsibility over land use planning to be comprised of individuals representing a balance of diverse citizen interests and concerns.
  • Public input into all stages of planning and decision making.
  • Increased technical and financial assistance to localities for growth management, encouragement of local communities to use innovative planning and regulatory techniques, and to incorporate measures to conserve energy, integrate transportation planning, consider availability of water and other resources.

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