FEASIBLE AND PRUDENT ALTERNATIVES: AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT IN THE AGE OF PUBLIC PROTECT

The nature and extent of public protest against airport development and the reasons for the success of opposition efforts are examined, and the question is considered if the blocking of the policy process is inevitable when citizens take a more active role in decision- making. Recent developments which have changed the nature of the dispute and are largely responsible for the current impasse are: the shift in public opinion and its impact on political leaders; the conflict within the aviation community; and the intervention of the federal government. Policy alternatives discussed here include compensation (the Canadian experience is described to illustrate potential difficulties with this approach) and a restructured participation process. The latter approach involves restructuring of the participatory process. The veto power must be eliminated through provisions of the 1970 Airport and Airway Development Act, but interested parties can still be invited to play a role in the planning process. The several ways in which this may be accomplished are outlined.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Harvard University Press

    79 Garden Street
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02138
  • Authors:
    • Milch, J E
  • Publication Date: 1976

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  • Pagination: p. 81-109
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00141383
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 1 1976 12:00AM