Aesthetics, Community Character, and the Law (PAS 489/490)

By Christopher Duerksen, R. Goebel

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Today's planners use myriad tools and techniques to identify and protect what is special about their communities: historic preservation ordinances, improved sign controls, computerized viewshed protection regulations, tree-planting and landscaping requirements, cell tower controls, and more. As the level of preservation activity has increased dramatically, so has the number of court cases c...

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March 1, 1999
APA Planning Advisory Service

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Christopher Duerksen

R. Goebel

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
Historical perspective/background

2. Design review
Design review in historic areas • Design review outside historic areas • Implementing and administering design review

3. View protection
Legal aspects • Types of view protection • Recent developments

4. Tree and vegetation protection
Key legal issues • Drafting considerations

5. Billboards, signs, and newsboxes
Legal issues • Guidelines for drafting local sign and billboard controls • Recent developments • Newsboxes

6. Telecommunications facilities
General legal issues • Personal wireless service facilities • Satellite dishes and television antennas • Amateur radio antennas • Other general legal requirements for telecommunications facilities • Local regulatory issues • Conclusion

7. Emerging issues
The aesthetics of public infrastructure • Wind turbines • Regional partnerships and heritage areas

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