At first blush this would appear a reactionary, unthinkable concept, an invitation to chaos. A legislator in Virginia who proposed such a change might well be shuttled home for a "much needed rest." Yet, this idea does have its outspoken proponents who are well recognized in the field of land use. One of the more notable is Mr. Bernard H. Siegan, who has expressed the opinion that urban planning can often be best served by eliminating zoning laws and permitting the market to totally dictate the course of development in a particular area. Mr. Siegan holds strongly to the view that zoning laws permit local politics and favoritism to dictate land use, resulting in an irrational distribution of residential, commercial, governmental and recreational facilities, a situation he claims would not obtain were the machinery of the market left to its own devices.
Frank E. Brown Jr.,
Zoning Laws: The Private Citizen as an Enforcement Officer,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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