As with both the national experience of city planning commissions and New Haven's precursor, the Building Lines Commission, the City Plan Commission's authority was circumscribed by design.
See Letter from Charles Kleiner, Corporation Counsel of New Haven, to the Special Commission on Building Lines (July 8, 1913), reprinted in 1913 City Y.B.
(71.) See, e.g., Shurtleff, supra note 27, at 204 (citing the "flexibility" that building lines allow cities that wish to widen streets in the future).
(72.) See, e.g., Bassett, supra note 27, at 5 (noting both uniformity and appearance as goals for building lines); Frederick Law Olmsted, Building Lines in the First Ward of New Haven, Report to the Joint Committee of the Civic Federation and the Chamber of Commerce on Streets and Building Lines, Gilbert & Olmsted, supra note 3, app.
Supreme Court decision finding a building line ordinance unconstitutional, a decision that did not reach the issue of the constitutionality of the building lines themselves.
Shurtleff, supra note 27, at 211-18 (providing a compendium of local charter provisions and ordinances that established the authority of various cities to establish building lines).
See, e.g., New Haven, Conn., City Charter [sections] 80 (1905) (incorporating a procedure for assessing damages caused by building lines within the mayor-appointed administrative department).
Rogers, Corporation Counsel of New Haven, detailing requirements for legal passage and implementation of building lines for "public use" and noting presumptive illegality of individual variances as an illegal taking of land for "private use").
1, Building Lines in New Haven 6 (1909) (calling for "systematic examination of the records of the establishment of building lines" in residential and business areas and for the establishment of new lines); Letter from William S.
See Church Street Building Lines up Last Night, New Haven Reg., Apr.
(89.) See, e.g., Building Lines, New Haven J.-Courier, Apr.
(91.) See New Haven, Conn., An Act Establishing a Special Commission on Building Lines [sections] 4 (Aug.