Planning Timeline – Landmark Laws

Law

1680s                  
The Law of the Indies

1780s     
1785 – Land Ordinance of 1785 – Law passed by the Congress that allowed for setting aside lands and selling lands in Northwest territory. It established the basis for the Public Land Survey System, and also established a mechanism for funding public education.

1860s    
1862 – Homestead Act
1862 – Morrill Act

1920s    
1928 – Federal Standard City Planning Enabling Act

1930s    
1935 – Soil conservation Act
1937 – Housing Act

1960s    
1969 – National Environmental Policy Act

1970s
1972 – Coastal Zone Management Act
1973 – Oregon Land Use Law
1976 – American Law