A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE NATIONAL LAND USE PLANNING MOVEMENT

In the 1920s, with the siren call of “centralized planning for the collective good” emanating from Europe, came the first big push for nationwide land use planning. In 1928, collectivists in the US formed the “Public Administration Center.” Popularly known as “1313” after its address in Chicago, the center promoted regional planning through the National Municipal League and National Association of Counties. The Standard City Planning and Zoning Enabling Acts were drafted by an advisory committee of the U.S. Department of Commerce in the 1920s and served as the basis for enabling legislation for planning and zoning for much of the nation.
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