THE HIGHWAY BEAUTIFICATION ACT: COSMETIC FOR THE CITY?

THE MAJOR PROVISIONS OF THE HIGHWAY BEAUTIFICATION ACT OF 1965, THE RECENT RESTUDY, AND THE CURRENTLY PROPOSED AMENDMENTS ARE REVIEWED. GENERALLY, THE ACT HAS SHOWN MORE CONCERN WITH RURAL THAN WITH URBAN NEEDS BECAUSE CITIES HAVE GREATER RESOURCES TO CONTROL ROADSIDE CLUTTER ON THEIR OWN. A PROGRAM OF STATE AND LOCAL LEGISLATION AND REGULATION IS RECOMMENDED TO INCLUDE: COORDINATION OF LAND-USE PLANNING BY ADJOINING COMMUNITIES; AN END TO THE COMPREHENSIVE ZONING TECHNIQUES WHICH PERPETUATE SO-CALLED "GARBAGE-CAN DISTRICTS"; AMORTIZATION TECHNIQUES FOR THE GRADUAL ELIMINATION OF NON-CONFORMING USES AND STRUCTURES; PERFORMANCE STANDARDS, REWARDING HIGH QUALITY DEVELOPMENT; BORROWING OF THE CONCEPT OF SCENIC EASEMENT FROM THE RURAL HIGHWAYS; TAX INCENTIVES ENCOURAGING OPEN SPACE LAND USE (PARKS, MALLS, PEDESTRIAN LANES); AND URBAN HIGHWAY CORRIDOR ZONING TO PREVENT DISORDERLY COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT. A NATIONAL ZONING POLICY, IMPOSED BY FEDERAL LEGISLATION, WOULD BE A POOR CURE FOR INADEQUATE LOCAL ZONING STANDARDS; HOWEVER, SOME FEDERAL ACTION MAY BE NECESSARY TO REMEDY URBAN BLIGHT CAUSED BY JUNKYARDS AND BILLBOARDS IF LOCAL ZONING AUTHORITIES REMAIN UNRESPONSIVE. /AUTHOR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 20, No 1, PP 69-90
  • Corporate Authors:

    Catholic University of America

    620 Michigan Avenue, NE
    Washington, DC  United States  20064
  • Authors:
    • Johnson, R R
  • Publication Date: 1970

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  • Accession Number: 00204817
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 18 2003 12:00AM