Geologic Environment: Forgotten Aspect in the Land Use Planning Process
Federal, state, and local political pressures are demanding that urban planners and zoning commissions manage all land use to protect the environment. Uncontrolled building practices cause home owners to suffer as a consequence of floods, foundation failures, and numerous other earth processes. Land use planning, as exemplified by the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 701 program, sadly lacks a sound geologic base. It must be the role of the engineering geologist, versed in both civil engineering and geology, to formulate a geologic base for planning with the physical environment. He must satisfy two fundamental needs: (1) establish engineering geology criteria for specific land use suitability and (2) communicate his findings to the public, a public that includes persons who may be knowledgeable or ignorant about engineering, geology, and (or) planning.
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The rapid increase in the development of land, the exploitation of minerals, and the related accelerated environmental impacts have caused an explosion of demand for information that can be used as a guide to land use decision-making. “Environmental Geology Mapping” was the topic of an engineering geology symposium at the 1972 annual meeting of The Geological Society of America; natural resources planning and the roles and interrelations of geology and geologists, planning and planners were discussed. This book presents the coverage of those subjects because of their continuing timeliness and the need for a reminder that we must provide data that are relevant and usable for interdisciplinary considerations in natural resources planning. The authors express their ideas on how to translate professionally the traditional, basic earth-science data into forms that are adaptable to interdisciplinary solutions of environmental problems. They unanimously state that this conversion of data has to result in a viable input for decision-making, and it must also stand the scrutiny of the real world; that is, it must receive public endorsement and support.