Land Use Policy and Practice on Karst Terrains: Living on by Spencer Fleury

By Spencer Fleury

Land use judgements in karst terrains could have speedy and severe affects at the neighborhood panorama and groundwater assets. the present literature on karst and land use might be very tough to find within the journals of any of a half-dozen various disciplines. This booklet brings the interdisciplinary wisdom jointly in a single position, in a structure that teachers and execs alike will locate available, informative and useful.

Based on an exam of current laws, the stories and evaluations of planners and land use pros, and quantitative research of publicly-available info, the e-book explores how human payment styles and concrete structures in karst terrains are stricken by land use laws meant to guard karst assets. The e-book will pay specific consciousness to the questions of even if those laws may have a obvious influence on density and on possibilities for fiscal progress and improvement in groups that decide to enforce them. This research serves because the foundation for a regulatory framework which may be used to appreciate the workings of land use rules in karst terrains, and to help within the improvement of such rules within the future.

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The remainder of this chapter examines regional differences in karst land use regulations in the United States, in order to identify any regional patterns or similarities in the types of karst-related land use ordinances in place. If those patterns exist, perhaps they can tell us something about the local and regional forces that shape the development of these regulations. Appalachian Belt (Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Eastern Tennessee and Eastern Kentucky) Karst-related ordinances are common in cities and townships in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

On the other end of the spectrum, many of Florida’s rural counties and towns have basic karst protection on the books; however, it is often not quite commensurate with the amount of karst that underlies the municipality in question. Citrus County, for example, seems only to require a 300-foot setback between sinkholes and domestic septic systems, despite the high number of caves and sinkholes found there. Brooksville requires only the inclusion of karst landform information on various plans and maps; Lake Mary requires such information only on the drainage plan.

The rest is controlled by other municipal jurisdictions, but is mostly under the same high levels of development pressure that face Austin. Unless these lands can be brought under an adequate karst protection regime, all the efforts of the city of Austin to protect the aquifer and Barton Springs could be for nothing. To address this, the city has been able to convince voters to approve bonds to buy up parcels of sensitive land that are actually beyond Austin’s legal jurisdiction; the city then places these lands into easements or preserves.

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