The purpose of this Article is to determine both the outward permissible limit of flood plain zoning restrictions and the nature of restrictions that may be imposed. This requires an investigation of the extent and manner of expression of the policies underlying flood plain zoning in California. Full utilization of flood plain zoning, while justified only as a means of placing costs of development upon developers, has the practical affect of creating open space. A local desire for open space underscores the costs of highly intensive land use in the flood plain, and should be a motivating factor in the decision to control land use within a flood plain.
Robert W. Batchelder,
Flood Plain Zoning in California-Open Space by Another Name: Policy and Practicality,
San Diego L. Rev.
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