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Land use

Habitat fragmented by numerous roads near the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Land use is the human use of land. Land use involves the management and modification of natural environment or wilderness into built environment such as settlements and semi-natural habitats such as arable fields, pastures, and managed woods. It also has been defined as "the arrangements, activities and inputs people undertake in a certain land cover type to produce, change or maintain it" (FAO, 1997a; FAO/UNEP, 1999).[1]

Contents

  • Regulation 1
    • United States 1.1
  • Environment 2
  • Urban growth boundaries 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Regulation

Land use practices vary considerably across the world. The [2] As of the early 1990s, about 13% of the Earth was considered arable land, with 26% in pasture, 32% forests and woodland, and 1.5% urban areas.

As Albert Guttenberg (1959) wrote many years ago, "'Land use' is a key term in the language of city planning."[3] Commonly, political Non-governmental organizations will frequently seek to influence these regulations before they are codified.

A land use map of Europe - major non-natural land uses include arable farmland (yellow) and pasture (light green)

United States

In colonial America, few regulations existed to control the use of land, due to the seemingly endless amounts of it. As society shifted from rural to urban, public land regulation became important, especially to city governments trying to control industry, commerce, and housing within their boundaries. The first zoning ordinance was passed in New York City in 1916,[4][5] and, by the 1930s, most states had adopted zoning laws.[6] In the 1970s, concerns about the environment and historic preservation led to further regulation.

Today, federal, state, and local governments regulate growth and development through statutory law. The majority of controls on land, however, stem from the actions of private developers and individuals. Three typical situations bringing such private entities into the court system are: suits brought by one neighbor against another; suits brought by a public official against a neighboring landowner on behalf of the public; and suits involving individuals who share ownership of a particular parcel of land. In these situations, judicial decisions and enforcement of private land-use arrangements can reinforce public regulation, and achieve forms and levels of control that regulatory zoning cannot.

Two major federal laws have been passed in the last half century that limit the use of land significantly. These are the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (today embodied in 16 U.S.C. 461 et seq.) and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.).

Environment

Land use and land management practices have a major impact on natural resources including water, soil, nutrients, plants and animals. Land use information can be used to develop solutions for natural resource management issues such as salinity and water quality. For instance, water bodies in a region that has been deforested or having erosion will have different water quality than those in areas that are forested. Forest gardening, a plant-based food production system, is believed to be the oldest form of land use in the world.[7]

The major effect of land use on land cover since 1750 has been deforestation of temperate regions.[8] More recent significant effects of land use include urban sprawl, soil erosion, soil degradation, salinization, and desertification.[9] Land-use change, together with use of fossil fuels, are the major anthropogenic sources of carbon dioxide, a dominant greenhouse gas.[10]

According to a report by the ecosystems. Such narrow approaches should be replaced by a technique for the planning and management of land resources that is integrated and holistic and where land users are central. This will ensure the long-term quality of the land for human use, the prevention or resolution of social conflicts related to land use, and the conservation of ecosystems of high biodiversity value.

The citadel of Kastellet, Copenhagen that has been converted into a park, showing multiple examples of suburban land use

Urban growth boundaries

The urban growth boundary is one form of land-use regulation. For example, Portland, Oregon is required to have an urban growth boundary which contains at least 20,000 acres (81 km2) of vacant land. Additionally, Oregon restricts the development of farmland. The regulations are controversial, but an economic analysis concluded that farmland appreciated similarly to the other land.[11]

See also

References

  1. ^ IPCC Special Report on Land Use, Land-Use Change And Forestry, 2.2.1.1 Land Use
  2. ^ FAO Land and Water Division retrieved 14 September 2010
  3. ^ JAPA 25:3
  4. ^ Village of Euclid, Ohio v. Ambler Realty Co.
  5. ^ Nolon, John R., Local Land Use Control in New York: An Aging Citadel Under Siege (July/Aug. 1992). New York State Bar Journal, p. 38, July–August 1992.
  6. ^ Zoning
  7. ^ Robert Hart (1996). Forest Gardening. p. 124. Forest gardening, in the sense of finding uses for and attempting to control the growth of wild plants, is undoubtedly the oldest form of land use in the world. 
  8. ^ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  9. ^ UN Land Degradation and Land Use/Cover Data Sources ret. 26 June 2007
  10. ^ UN Report on Climate Change retrieved 25 June 2007 from Web archive [1]
  11. ^ Jaeker WG, Plantinga AJ (2007). How have Land-use regulations Affected Property Values in Oregon? OSU Extension.

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