This practical handbook explains eight constitutional principles and applies them to real-world planning situations. These statements of principles reflect consensus opinions, but the book also discusses points of dissent. It includes detailed summaries of more than fifty U.S. Supreme Court cases affecting land-use planning, along with a comprehensive table of contents, a cross-referenced index, three matricies that relate sections of the book to one another, and a summary of constitutional principles that relates them to land-use planning techniques. All of these features make it easy to locate key constitutional principles quickly. This book is the result of a 1987 symposium that brought together two dozen leading practitioners and scholars in the fields of planning and law.

part I|15 pages


chapter 1|3 pages


chapter 2|3 pages


chapter 3|2 pages

Organization and Special Features of Book

part II|124 pages

Constitutional Principles

chapter 1|19 pages

Principle 1: Delegation of Power

chapter 2|6 pages

Principle 2: Void for Vagueness

chapter 3|12 pages

Principle 3: Procedural Due Process

chapter 4|10 pages

Principle 4: Substantive Due Process

chapter 5|8 pages

Principle 5: Equal Protection

chapter 7|14 pages

Principle 7: Freedom of Speech

chapter 8|11 pages

Principle 8: Freedom of Religion

part III|49 pages

Planner Problem Solving Areas

chapter 1|4 pages

Discretionary Permitting

chapter 2|4 pages


chapter 3|3 pages

Specific Parcel Rezoning

chapter 4|4 pages

Special Exception

chapter 5|4 pages

Negotiated (Rezoning) Approvals

chapter 6|4 pages

Development Exactions

chapter 7|10 pages

Prohibition of Use(s)

chapter 8|7 pages

Growth Phasing

chapter 9|2 pages

Interim Land Use Controls (Moratoria)

chapter 10|3 pages

Resource Protection

chapter 11|4 pages

Regulation for Aesthetic Purposes

chapter 12|3 pages

Amortization of Nonconforming Use(s)

part IV|10 pages

Constitutional Analysis Tree

chapter 1|1 pages


chapter 2|9 pages

Constitutional Analysis Tree

part V|73 pages

Synopsis of U.S. Supreme Court Cases

chapter 1|11 pages


chapter 2|62 pages

Supreme Court Cases