Urban development along the coast of Turkey has attracted large numbers of people to the area, causing an intense and complex situation to develop there and creating numerous problems. Because of the failure of traditional applications for solving such problems, holistic approaches will have to be used to manage these areas along the shores. Although many pilot projects have already been undertaken, gaps in the laws and problems involving private property have prevented any of these from moving forward. In Turkey, conflicts have existed for many years between the public and the private owners of property in the areas along the coast. However, until recently, no serious issues had arisen regarding the removal of marine areas from private ownership, in terms of legal regulations and the general principles of international law. This study examines the different approaches that were taken to remove pertinent areas from private ownership and to decrease the burden of compensation which results from the cancellation of the land titles. One of these methods is based on the approach of the Modified Land Readjustment. This approach, which draws on its own resources and provides an innovative solution, would solve the problems of property conflicts between the public and the individuals, except for the financial compensation. This method would also make an important contribution to decisions about management tools, planning and the application phase in the sustainable management of the coastal areas as it is outlined in the Integrated Coastal Zone Management. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.