Addressing Community Concerns: How Environmental Justice Relates to Land Use Planning and Zoning

July 2003

By: James Barnes Jr, Philip Rutledge, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Social Equity

This report discusses the relationship between land use planning and zoning and environmental justice. It shares case studies from Huntington Park, California; Austin, Texas; Chester, Pennsylvania; Chicago, Illinois; and St. James Parish, Louisiana. Findings and recommendations, organized by leadership and accountability, permitting, planning, and zoning authorities, setting priorities and reducing risk, and public participation, are summarized in Chapter 2.