Annual Conference 2015

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 are transitioning towards sustainability, disaster recovery, and revitalization.

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 including:

  • Planning Ethics in a Changing Environment (for Professional Planners)
  • Ethics in Land Use: Guiding Principles for Attorneys and Land Use Board Members
  • Driving to a New Destination - Strategies for Reducing Car use in Low density Areas
  • Facilitating Clean Energy Deployment through Local Land Use Law Reform: A Detailed Roadmap
  • Integrating Sustainability in Policy, Planning and Zoning
  • Retooling Economic Engines: Building Waterfronts for the 21st Century
  • Missing Middle Housing: A Key to Affordable Walkable Neighborhoods
  • Trends in Zoning: Changing Downtowns & Retrofitting Office Parks
  • Case Law Update
  • Forecasting the Future

Governor Parris N. Glendening, President of Smart Growth America's Leadership Institute, will be our keynote speaker to update us on the many advances in smart growth strategies.  Our morning plenary will include Don Elliot, FAICP, Dwight H. Merriam, Esq., Professor John R. Nolon, Dean Patricia E. Salkin, and Professor Michael A. Wolf who will reflect on zoning's past, its deficiencies given today's challenges, and its tendency to embrace and respond to change.

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 11, 2015.

This year's conference is dedicated to the legacy of Alfred B. DelBello, who was instrumental in creating many significant and lasting land use initiatives during his tenure as Mayor of Yonkers, Westchester's County Executive, New York's Lieutenant Governor, and as an innovative legal practitioner: a career of over four decades of innovation and accomplishment.

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CM Event Log Instructions.

               CLE Approved Credits:

                Ethics        1.5

                Practice     4.5