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Privatisation of Planning Powers and Urban Infrastructure- Privatisierung von Planung und städtischen Infrastrukturen


Edited By Stephan Mitschang

This book grew out of the sixth annual meeting of the Platform of Experts in Planning Law held in Lisbon in October 2012. The book’s chapters illustrate the evolution of this unique comparative land use planning and regulation forum. They allow a broader audience to benefit from the insights gained from the national case studies presented at the Lisbon meeting on the issue of Privatisation of Planning Powers and Urban Infrastructure.
Diese Veröffentlichung entstand aus dem sechsten Expertentreffen für Planungsrecht, das im Oktober 2012 in Lissabon stattfand. Die einzelnen Kapitel illustrieren die nationale Entwicklung im Planungsrecht und stellen einen einmaligen Vergleich des Planungsrechts vor dem Hintergrund der Privatisierungstendenzen im Bereich der Stadtplanung und städtischer Infrastrukturen in den verschiedenen Teilnehmerländern dar.
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5. United States of America


Edward J. Sullivan

5.  United States of America

The three questions posed in the Case may assume there is a national law to deal with the responses to those questions. The legal system in the United States is of a federal variety, with the national and state governments each allocated certain powers. By tradition, planning powers and urban infrastructure are matters for state and local governments. Although the federal government does have a role in these matters with regard to certain issues (the District of Columbia, territories, and federal facilities), the focus of this response will be state and local governments. Even given that focus, there is a variety of ways by which the three questions raised in the case are addressed. Moreover for variety sake, the responses to the questions will select from both everyday applications of the law in this area and from extraordinary applications, such as the long-term lease of public facilities in order to generate cash for municipal operating expenses.

The three questions, and an American response to each, are as follows:

5.1  Question 1

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