A profound chapter in Virginia land use law has begun. The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act ("CBPA"), passed in 1988, asks localities to look beyond their geographic boundaries and beyond the health and well-being of their citizens, and to exercise their police and zoning powers to protect the quality of state waters. Localities also are asked to cooperate with a new state agency violating the sanctum of the local government land use prerogative.
W. T. Benson & Philip O. Garland,
Legal Issues Affecting Local Governments in Implementing the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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