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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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