Planning for Hillside Development (PAS 466)

By Robert Olshansky

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Should you build wide roads that promote safety or narrow ones that minimize slope disturbance? Should you preserve native plant life for aesthetic purposes or irrigate the landscape to help prevent fires?

This report will help planners advise community leaders on these and other issues involved in planning for hillside development. Drawing on documents gathered from almost 200 local governm...

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Dec. 1, 1996
APA Planning Advisory Service

About the Authors

Robert Olshansky

Table of Contents

A brief history of hillside development and its regulation

The role of planning

Purposes and functions of hillside regulation



A. References

B. List of jurisdictions submitting hillside documants

C. Selected excerpts from hillside plans, ordinances, and guidelines
Huntsville, Alabama, Mountainside Development District regulations • Scottsdale, Arizona, Environmentally Sensitive Lands ordinance • Berkeley, California, Fuel reduction and management plan • Los Angeles, California, Hillside regulations • Los Angeles County, California, Zoning regulations • Oakland, California, Zoning regulations • Rancho Cucamonga, California, Hillside development regulations • San Diego, California, Hillside review overlay zone and hillside design and development guidelines • San Rafael, California, Applicant's guide to procedures for geotechnical/hazarous soils review • Santa Clarita, California, Ridgeline preservation and hillside development ordinance • A hillside protection strategy for Greater Cincinnati, Ohio • Ogden, Utah, Sensitive area overlay zone regulations, Ogden City Development Code • Park City, Utah, Sensitive area overlay zone regulations