Building Rules: How Local Controls Shape Community Environments and Economies

By Kee Warner; Harvey Molotch | Go to book overview

Among the most important development constraints in the region was one that came not from local policy but from a federal mandate implemented by the U.S. Fish and Game Department. The listing of the Steven's Kangaroo Rat as an endangered species put the brakes on a number of projects -- including those proposed by local governments. Other federal agencies were involved in the protection of wetlands -- the dried up gullies of the desert are also part of the waters of the United States.

The most ambitious effort to deal with all these problems, and more, was the countywide growth control initiative that went down to defeat at the polls in 1988. As is usual with such endeavors, the environmentalists were badly outspent, and defeat was urged by virtually every media outlet in the county. But the fact that 40 percent of the voters supported such a measure was motivation enough for county officials to try to "do something" about rapid growth. At the combined request of the local building industry association and the Sierra Club, a growth management element was developed for Riverside County's comprehensive plan. The final document contained a range of policies concerning growth (including some preservation measures), though it did not define how much growth should be allowed in the end or how quickly that growth should happen, delineating instead where growth should occur. 7 The document made the news as action on growth control and joins the inventories of lists of government measures taken to deal with development problems.


Growth Controls in Place: A Summary

Our review of enacted policies across the jurisdictions in our study areas indicates that communities took a wide variety of formal actions, which together appear as a more or less continuous stream of efforts to intervene in the development process during this time period. There are differences between localities, both in the degree and type of controls. Riverside area jurisdictions emphasized the preservation of certain zones and used utility hookup restrictions to deal with infrastructure shortages but mostly desisted from setting total holding capacities or limiting rates of growth. The city of Santa Barbara had a long-standing cap on residential build-out, with a more recent limit on commercial development. Santa Monica relied more heavily on project-by-project regulation as a means of control. The abundance of growth control techniques in place poses the possibility that overall development was stymied across our study area, the problem to which we now turn. Let's look at the numbers.


Notes
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For more analysis of which localities tend to adopt growth controls, see Dowall, 1980; Glickfeld, Graymer, and Morrison, 1987; and Donovan and Nieman,

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Tables and Illustrations ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • 1 - The Relevance of Regulation 1
  • Notes 21
  • 2 - Sites 23
  • Notes 50
  • 3 - Has Growth Been Stopped? Not Much 52
  • Notes 58
  • 4 - Power to Build: How Cities Grow Under Growth Control 59
  • Notes 76
  • 5 - Project Peddling: What Gets Approved and How 78
  • Notes 102
  • 6 - Indirect Effects: How Building Rules Make Growth Different 104
  • Notes 127
  • 7 - Building the Rules 129
  • Notes 147
  • Appendix A: - Measuring Growth Control Impacts 149
  • Notes to Appendix A 156
  • Appendix B: Chronologies of Growth Control 157
  • Appendix C - Commercial Valuation Data, 1970-1990 167
  • Appendix E: Case Study Details 171
  • Appendix F: Interview Schedule 183
  • Reference List 185
  • Index 201
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