Marvin Wexler


Many commentators have focused attention on the problems and potential of the land use planning process. Others have examined the relative merits of various approaches to public finance. But very few have inquired into the complex connection between the two legal and institutional systems. Betterment recovery, a process by which the government recaptures value which its planning decisions have created, is a phenomenon which makes that connection. This article is an attempt to fill a vacuum which exists in both thought and practice. It is written with a conviction that the subject is an important one.

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