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FROM THE NORTHERN NEWS ARCHIVES This article first appeared in the March/April 1986 issue of Northern News

Make the transition to an era of cooperation “Public/private partnership” is more than an idea; it’s a whole new way of doing things By David E. Booher

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ver a decade has passed since the Council on Environmental Quality published the seminal study, The Quiet Revolution in Land Use Control. The key finding of the study was that an “ancient regime” was being overthrown: “ ... the feudal system under which the entire pattern of land development has been controlled by thousands of individual local governments, each seeking to maximize its tax base and minimize its social problems, and caring less what happens to all the others.” The tools of the revolution, the study noted, were “new laws taking a wide variety of forms but each sharing a common theme — the need to provide some degree of state or regional participation in the major decisions that affect the use of our increasingly limited supply of land.” Since 1971, this new order has further evolved in the public opinion and public policy arenas. Planning is no longer the exclusive responsibility of local, state, and regional governments. Planning law and practice have been changed by a growing recognition of the limits of government — limits that have taken tangible form in tax and spending limitations imposed by voters in California and elsewhere. The result has been a growing emphasis on public/ private cooperation, both in planning for development and in the resolution of major local and state policy issues. A new set of planning tools has emerged, occurring in a variety of forms: public/private task forces, innovative financing schemes, development agreements, greater reliance on exactions, more corporate participation in political action, more communication between corporate and political leaders, emergence of private policy advocacy coalitions such as the Bay Area Council, and joint public/private proposals to the voters, to name just a few examples. (continued on next page)

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Erik Balsley, Darcy Kremin, Terry Kremin

Barry Miller, Beth Greene, Crescentia Brown, Lynette Dias, Andrea Ouse, Sally Barros, Alex Amoroso

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December 2012/January 2013

Northern News, Dec 12/Jan 13  

City and regional planning news for northern California

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