The Future Of The Currituck Outer Banks Public Deposited

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  • Owens, David
    • Other Affiliation: Assistant Director, N.C. Office of Coastal Management
  • One of the most controversial natural resource management issues in North Carolina over the past ten years has been the debate surrounding the future of the Currituck Outer Banks. As one of the last remaining undeveloped and privately owned barrier island stretches on the East Coast, this debate has taken on national significance. Unlike many similar controversies, planners have played a central role in this debate, and a comprehensive planning philosophy is being followed to determine the outcome. The resolution of this issue has not come about in traditional ways — there was neither a pitched battle between environmentalists and developers, nor an invisible decision by government bureaucrats. Rather, it was a test of the state's new comprehensive coastal management process. Some important lessons regarding the role of planners and government decision-making on complex resource management issues can be learned from this experience. The future of the Currituck Banks, which will not be finally determined for several more years, lies in how well these lessons have been learned and applied.
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  • Carolina Planning Journal
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  • 6
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  • 2
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  • 44
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  • 52
  • English
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