Because of a high premium placed on management and control of land resources in the national interest, the French have developed some of the most effective tools of land use control in the western world. Among these are a sophisticated set of performance-based zoning designations combined with coordinated land use and transportation planning. This paper describes the functions and purposes of 3 of these designations: (a) Priority zones for urban development are designed to control land development by concentrating urbanization in designated areas outside but adjacent to built-up urban areas; (b) zones for cooperative or planned urban development provide a flexible formula for joint public- private development to permit large-scale, well-designed developments in and around major urban centers; and (c) differed development zones provide a mechanism to prevent large-scale speculation in land and to protect areas of environmental interest and areas in which some major public improvement is foreseen in the long-term future. The paper concludes by illustrating the operation of this system, which began with the development of a regional development plan calling for a new Pais-Rouen-Normandy expressway and is resulting in the creation of a new town, Le Vaudreuil. /Author/

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  • Pagination: pp 11-14
  • Monograph Title: Transportation and land use planning abroad
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  • Created Date: Nov 17 1977 12:00AM