When it comes to urban planning, to what extent and under what conditions should the community's interest prevail over the rights of private property owners? Public Interest, Private Property addresses this question at a time when pollution, urban sprawl, and condo booms are forcing municipal governments to adopt prescriptive laws and regulations. Case studies focus on spheres in which public values and private property rights collide - expropriation law, natural resources regulation, green development, and water provision - laying the groundwork for more active debates on the issues currently shaping our cities.
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Number of pages: 334
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
While these topics may seem familiar, the common thread - thinking deeply about private property rights - sets this collection apart and makes it an engaging read. The introduction alone would be worthwhile reading for any property law or planning law curriculum ... One of the reasons the book works so well is that at the heart of the collection is a shared belief among the writers in the value of dialogue as well as a desire to avoid artificially amplifying the public-private rights divide that can stunt public conversation of property rights.-- Michael Connell, WeirFoulds LLP * Canadian Law Library Review *
This collection accomplishes its goal, filling the gap in Canadian academic literature in the context of balancing private property rights and the public interest in urban planning ... the problems identified in [Public Interest, Private Property] could have continuing relevance for future urban planning and legislation across Canada.-- Matthew Barnes * Saskatchewan Law Review *