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Land Use Law Center

for Sustainable Development

Established in 1993, the Land Use Law Center is dedicated to fostering the development of sustainable communities and regions through the promotion of innovative land use strategies and dispute resolution techniques. Through the work of its programs, centers, and institutes, the Land Use Law Center offers conferences, seminars, clinics, academic law school courses, continuing legal education programs, audio podcasts, and frequent publications and resources on contemporary land use, real estate, and environmental issues.

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Click here to visit our Gaining Ground Information Database featuring a comprehensive collection of land use resources, including federal, state, and local ordinances; commentaries; research papers; and research aids.


Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Conference
Leading Communities Toward a Resilient Future

On December 6th, the Land Use Law Center held its 12th annual conference, “Leading Communities Toward a Resilient Future.” The keynote speaker was internationally known urban revitalization strategy consultant, Majora Carter and Stephen Hardy, former planner for the award-winning Sustainable Comprehensive Plan for the City of Greensburg, Kansas. Over 260 local municipal officials, professionals, and industry leaders attended the event from across the region.

This year’s Conference focused on the challenges faced by the greater New York Metropolitan area as it addresses the effects of natural disasters and a changing climate. Designed as an educational forum, the event explored best practices that are emerging in the area of land use law. Sessions included topics such as complete streets, solar permitting, urban agriculture, hydrofracking, and rebuilding resilient communities. All session topics, material from the day, and PowerPoint presentations, and a list of sponsors can be found here.

The Land Use Law Center, which also celebrated its 20th anniversary, would like to thank all those who participated in the event. We look forward to continuing our work in the region for another 20 years

To visit the conference page please click here.



 U.S. Green Building Council & Land Use Law Center
Announce Two Resources to Help Local Governments
Create Sustainable Neighborhoods

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Land Use Law Center announce two new free resources – the Technical Guidance Manual for Sustainable Neighborhoods and the Neighborhood Development Floating Zone – to help local governments leverage the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) rating system as a sustainability tool. Read more…


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LULA Community Spotlight
Clarkstown's Innovative Comprehensive Plan
The Town of Clarkstown in Rockland County, New York has taken an innovative approach towards the wholesale revision of its Comprehensive Plan. According to Jose Simoes, Clarkstown’s Town Planner, “after the 1999 updating of the town’s 1966 Comprehensive Plan, we realized that it was time to start over” and create a Comprehensive Plan that was better equipped to help the community achieve its long term planning needs. With the help of the LULA training program, Clarkstown’s land use planners have been able to achieve this goal by developing a unique comprehensive plan that should be celebrated for realizing the benefits of an efficient, environmentally sound design, maximizing the use of town-wide resources, and embracing the value of a grassroots approach in their use of collaborative decision making techniques. Read more...

A Law Student's Guide to Sustainable Development Law
The world of sustainable development law is a diverse and expanding field. Read the Land Use Law Center's "A Law Student's Guide to Sustainable Development Law" to further explore this subject matter. This brochure offers a description of sustainable development law, a list of subtopics within the field, and a summary of Professor John Nolon's writings on the topic.