The need to balance the goal of environmental protection with that of providing low-and moderate-income housing has become an aggravating and persistent public management problem. The conflict centers around the issue of housing distribution: who will be housed in environmentally protected areas? The article discusses the recently proposed California Coastal Plan and how it addresses environmental and housing issues. The authors express the concern that although the plan recognizes the housing distribution problem, it fails to offer an adequate solution. The authors suggest a policy solution that would be consistent with the plan's goals.
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