Collections > Carolina Planning Journal > Carolina Planning Vol. 6.1: Neighborhood Planning > Book Review: Thirteen Perspectives on Regulatory Simplification, ULI Research Report #29

If expanding state and local initiatives in growth management constituted the so-called silent revolution of the early 1970s, the second half of the decade has sprouted a quickening, contrasting revolution of regulatory "simplification." More positive and broader than mere regulatory backlash to the earlier environmental and growth management inventiveness, however, this new movement can even be seen as an extension of that preceding movement, endeavoring now to improve efficiency of development guidance systems while at the same time maintaining or even increasing effectiveness. In its most responsible definition, the new phase of reform also continues to aim at improving fairness in our regulatory system. Thus, while not at odds with the philosophy of "less is more," the current regulatory reform movement, as discussed in this book, clearly is something more than "less regulation." Thirteen Perspectives on Regulatory Simplification is a small softcover book that grew out of a 1978 Urban Land Institute seminar on regulatory reform.