Friday, January 25, 2013

The Three Fundamental Rules of Planning

There's always time for levity. 

In this famous federal district court case involving the environmental impact statement for the H3 Freeway, Chief Judge Samuel P. King wrote: "The court should not be used as a quasi-legislative or quasi-executive forum by those who are dissatisfied with policy decisions made by governing bodies."  

Then in footnote 10, he writes:
One is reminded of the three fundamental rules of planning: 
  1. Let's make a park out of the other fellow's lot.
  2. Let's tighten up the building restrictions — after I've finished my building.
  3. Let's raise the gangplank — now that I've landed.
See Stop H-3 Ass'n v. Lewis, 538 F. Supp. 149 (D. Hawaii 1982).  Timeless wit.

H3 Freeway

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