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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.


2015 Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference
Reflecting on the Past, Planning for the Future: Celebrating 100 years of Zoning

The Land Use Law Center is pleased to announce the theme of its 2015 Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference - Reflecting on the Past, Planning for the Future: Celebrating 100 years of Zoning The Conference will discuss transformative land use, zoning, and sustainable development laws and policies that are shaping communities in the Tri-State Region, as they respond to current challenges.  Conference panels will use zoning's centennial as a broad framework to discuss various land use topics and their promise for the future.  The Conference will bring together national, regional, and local land use experts to highlight how communities transition toward sustainability, disaster recovery, and revitalization.

For additional information visit the 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…


 Promoting the Use of Green Infrastructure

On behalf of the City of Newburgh Conservation Advisory Council (CAC), the Center completed a Green Infrastructure Guide.  The guide directs CAC decision-making, recommending the use of natural processes to address stormwater and air quality impacts from development and is available by clicking here.


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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.

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.