Land Use

The League of Women Voters of Texas supports a comprehensive state land use policy to provide for the orderly development of the state
Position In Brief: 

Land Use

The League of Women Voters of Texas supports a comprehensive state land use policy to provide for the orderly development of the state, including:

  • land being used according to its carrying capacity based on a thorough inventory of our land and natural resources
  • growth and development of an area being compatible with the degree of availability of essential natural resources in that area
  • protection of the traditional rights of ownership of property, but in conflicts between private interest and public welfare, precedence should be given to the public interest
  • preservation of agricultural lands and desirable open space with preferential tax treatment for each
  • preferential tax treatment for maintenance of the desirable existing buildings and infrastructure
  • a coordinated system of land use management in Texas including the establishment of a state land use management agency
  • identification and protection of areas of particular significance (historical, archaeological, aesthetic, recreational) and rare or fragile ecosystems.
  • planning being carried out at the local level should be the main thrust of land use
  • equitable enforcement of land use regulations and a method for appeal and arbitration when conflicting needs exist.
Position History: 

After two years of study, League members in 1974 asserted that public interests should take precedence over private rights when there are conflicts over traditional rights of property ownership. Support for preferential tax treatment to preserve agricultural lands and open space and maintain the built environment allows consideration of many innovative tax reform ideas, though care must be taken to examine this aspect of the Land Use position in conjunction with other positions, especially Financing State Government and LWVUS' Urban Policy. While the League's desire for a state land use management agency has not been realized, changes in agencies such as the General Land Office have accomplished some of our goals.

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Texas