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This quantity specializes in the breakdown in sustainability--the skill of the planet to supply caliber of lifestyles now and within the future--that is signaled by means of catastrophe. The authors convey to mild why land use and sustainability were neglected in devising public regulations to house common risks. They lay out a imaginative and prescient of sustainability, concrete feedback for coverage reform, and systems for making plans. The booklet chronicles the lengthy evolution of land-use making plans and identifies key parts of sustainable making plans for dangers. Stressing the significance of stability in land use, the authors supply ideas and particular reforms for attaining their visions of sustainability.

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The sophistication and degree of detail of the study will vary depending upon the population and amount of property at risk. In highly urbanized areas, hazard assessments are prepared with the assistance of consulting engineers and may be rather expensive. In rural areas and small towns, more rudimentary studies, based largely on information from past occurrences of particular hazards, may be adequate to delineate the area at risk and possible consecontinued 22 Cooperating with Nature national Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction.

Congress responded by passing the National Flood Insurance Act. This act established the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which has become the primary vehicle of federal flood policy. This program serves three interrelated congressional objectives. First, the NFIP seeks to reallocate a portion of the burden of flood losses to all occupants of flood hazard areas through the mechanism of insurance premiums. Second, it seeks to reduce steadily increasing flood losses by limiting additional development and investment at risk in floodplains.

The court was primarily interested in the demand by the city that public access by means of a bikeway be allowed by the property owner without compensation. The floodplain restriction was not discussed. It is not clear whether the court meant to apply the “rough proportionality” test to floodplain management regulations. However, as with Lucas, the political importance of Dolan transcended its narrow legal significance. Justice Stevens observed in dissent that “rough proportionality” is difficult to satisfy in relation to such statistically uncertain phenomena as flooding and traffic congestion.

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