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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.
Looking for our Gaining Ground Database?
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
The Land Use Law Center is pleased to announce the theme of its 2014 Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference - Transitioning Communities. The Conference will discuss topics and challenges that municipalities in the region are being faced with, such as the changing demographic pattern, changing community needs, the impact of a shrinking or growing pattern of development, and transitions between community environments - the suburban/rural-urban interface. The Conference will also highlight how communities are transitioning towards sustainability, disaster recovery, and revitalization. We will aim our sessions at addressing the needs of communities already in transition, as well as the idea of how to proactively transition communities toward something new. We invite you to spend the day at this educational event, with more than 250 attorneys, business professionals, and local leaders in attendance to learn about national, regional, and local innovations, challenges, and best practices.
There are several interesting sessions on the schedule, and we recently confirmed that Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, NYC Parks Commissioner; Past President, American Planning Association; Former Raleigh Chief Planning Officer; and City Innovator and Kaid Benfield, Special Counsel for Urban Solutions, Natural Resources Defense Council, will be our keynote speakers.
Conference participants can earn CLE, APA-CM, and New York State planning and zoning training credits.
We hope you can join us for this day-long event scheduled for December 5, 2014 at Pace Law School in the NYS Judicial Institute building.
There is additional information available on our conference page.
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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Clarkstown's Innovative Comprehensive Plan
A Law Student's Guide to Sustainable Development Law
Professor John Nolon’s new book, Protecting the Environment Through Land Use Law: Standing Ground, describes in detail how a greener planet and appropriate development can be achieved through zoning and other land use laws. It explains countless practical strategies that local governments are using as they continue their historical struggle to balance land development with natural resource conservation. Professor Nolon is the founder of, and Counsel to, the Law School’s Land Use Law Center and a professor at Pace. He has taught land use planning and policy at Yale for over 12 years. Standing Ground is published by the American Planning Association and American Planning Association and Environmental Law Institute and is his latest in a series of publications that define and describe a framework for sustainable development. Read more about the new publication here.