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[75 Stat. 185]
[75 Stat. 185]
PUBLIC LAW 87-000—MMMM. DD, 1961

75 S T A T. ]

PUBLIC LAW

87-70-JUNE 30, 1961

comprehensive planning (as defined in section 701(d) of the Housing Act of 1954) is being actively carried on for the Urban area. (b) In extending financial assistance under this title, the Administrator shall take such action as he deems appropriate to assure that local governing bodies are preserving a maximum of open-space land, with a minimum of cost, through the use of existing public land; the use of special tax, zoning, and subdivision provisions; and the continuation of appropriate private use of open-space land through acquisition and leaseback, the acquisition of restrictive easements, and other available means. CONVERSIONS TO OTHER USES

SEC. 704. No open-space land for which a grant has been made under this title shall, without the approval of the Administrator, be converted to uses other than those originally approved by him. The Administrator shall approve no conversion of land from openspace use unless he finds that such conversion is essential to the orderly development and growth of the urban area involved and is in accord with the then apmicable comprehensive plan, meeting criteria established by him. The Administrator shall approve any such conversion only upon such conditions as he deems necessary to assure the substitution of other open-space land of at least equal fair market value and of as nearly as feasible equivalent usefulness and location. TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, STUDIES, AND PUBLICATION OP INFORMATION

SEC. 705. In order to carry out the purpose of this title the Administrator is authorized to provide technical assistance to State and local public bodies and to undertake such studies and publish such information, either directly or by contract, as he shall determine to be desirable. There are hereby authorized to be appropriated, out of any moneys in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, such amounts as may be necessary to provide for such assistance^ studies, and publication. Nothing contained in this section shall limit any authority of the Administrator under any other provision of law. DEFINITIONS

SEC. 706. As used in this title— (1) The term "open-space land" means any undeveloped or predominantly undeveloped land in an urban area which has value for (A) park and recreational purposes, (B) conservation of land and other natural resources, or (C) nistoric or scenic purposes. (2) The term "urban area" means any area which is urban in character, including those surrounding areas which, in the judgment of the Administrator, form an economic and socially related region, taking into consideration such factors as present and future population trends and patterns of urban growth, location of transportation facilities and systems, and distribution of industrial, commercial, residential, governmental, institutional, and other activities. (3) The term "State" means any of the several States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam. 64207 0-62—15

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