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Any land use planning activity requires an information support system. Land use legislation enacted in Iowa in 1977 requires capability in inventorying, analyzing and projecting land uses (87). This legislation provides for the development of a state land use policy from recommendations generated by county and state land preservation commissions. These recommendations involve consideration of current land uses and projections of land needed for the various land uses in the future. Proposed federal land use legislation requires states to develop their future U.S. land use needs. Both H.R. 10294 and S. 984 introduced in the U.S. Congress in 1974 and 1975, respectively, included provisions for states to develop a land use planning process with federal assistance. This planning process included inventories of land resources and projections of land needed and suitable for various types of uses to meet future national, state, and local needs.

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Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University


Ames, IA


Agricultural and Resource Economics | Agricultural Economics | Agriculture | Environmental Indicators and Impact Assessment | Natural Resources Management and Policy

Land use inventory and projection model with application to Iowa and its subregions