Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law


Clifford Larsen

First Page



In this Article discussing German land use planning, the author begins by tracing the historical emergence of land use planning in Germany. The author then evaluates the influence of Germany's constitution on the fundamental principles of land use planning. The author reviews German land use planning's historical and constitutional foundations, then examines the goals guiding federal and state planning and the system constructed to achieve these goals. The author proceeds to analyze the challenges presented to German land use planning by reunification, the environment, and European interdependence. In conclusion, the author reviews the relative merits of German land use planning and its lessons for the United States.