Legislating Livability: Can Growth Management Succeed?

  • December 20, 1999
  • • Written by: Eric S. Laschever, Esq

Fall 1999, Vol 24, No 3

Abstract: While most Americans agree that sustainable growth is important, in reality even the most comprehensive growth planning cannot address all the variables necessary to change people’s fundamental choice of where to live. The author looks at the impact of Washington State’s Growth Management Act and how its successes and challenges can serve as a model for the rest of the country. He also examines how federal laws such as the Endangered Species Act can often complicate and contradict state-mandated smart growth initiatives.