Data Needs and Resources for State Land Use Planning
Varin, Daniel W.
Higgins, Harry F.
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This report reviews the needs for information to support state land use planning programs as these are derived from the planning process and federal programs which can contribute to a coordinated effort to help States meet some of their data requirements. The recommendations for dealing with data needs and in structuring a state-federal data support system were presented to the Task Force on Natural Resources and Land Use Information and Technology. The Task Force is sponsored by the Council of State Governments under a grant from the Resource and Land Investigations (RALI) Program of the U.S. Geological Survey and in cooperation with the Office of Land Use and Water Planning, U.S. Department of the Interior. Data needs and resources are one of six major problem areas which the Task Force considered in its study of the institutional, technical, and financial problems which States encounter in their use of natural resources and land use information and in establishing related planning and regulatory programs. The text of this paper makes occasional reference to the national land use planning legislation that was considered by Congress during 1973-74, and an analysis of these proposals as they relate to data is presented in Appendix A. Although no land use legislation was enacted by the 93rd Session, the bills passed by the Senate and reported favorably by the House Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs represent more than three years of work by Congress and its staff in this field and the results of extensive hearings, testimony, and revisions. Much of the material contained in this paper builds upon the papers and workshop discussion of the National Symposium on Resource and Land Information sponsored by the Council of State Governments and the U.S. Department of the Interior held at Reston, Virginia on Novermber 7-9, 1973. The Symposium Proceedings have been published separately.