Annual Conference 2020

The Land Use Law Center is pleased to announce the 19th annual Alfred B. DelBello Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference. Scheduled for Thursday, December 7 - 10, 2020, this year’s conference theme is Making Progress in an Altered Landscape.  DelBello firm logo

We invite you to attend this educational event to learn about national, regional, and local innovations, challenges, and best practices.

Color of Law book cover - author Richard RothsteinRichard Rothstein author of the The Color of Law will deliver the virtual Keynote (Brown Bag Luncheon). Mr. Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He lives in California, where is a Fellow of the Haas Institute at the University of California–Berkeley. The Color of Law documents how American cities, from San Francisco to Boston, became so racially divided, as federal, state, and local governments systematically imposed residential segregation, with: undisguised racial zoning, public housing that purposefully segregated previously mixed communities, subsidies for builders to create whites-only suburbs, and routing of highways to separate African American and white neighborhoods. Such programs still influence tragedies in places like Ferguson and elsewhere. Scholars have separately described many of these policies; The Color of Law uniquely brings them together to show how they interacted to create a powerful system of residential segregation in every metropolitan area. Once we understand that our racial landscape has been created and maintained “de jure,” by governmental law and policy, we can engage in a national conversation to design remedies.

As in previous years, the Land Use Law Center has been working on developing a conference program that will showcase innovative best practices in land use and sustainable development.

DECEMBER 7, 2020            9:00am – 11:00am                 

  • Planning Ethics (for Professional Planners)   
  • Ethics in Land Use: Guiding Principles for Attorneys and Land Use Board Members  

DECEMBER 8, 2020            9:00am – 11:00am    Collins    Westchester Fairfield Logo

  • The Pandemic and the Future of Land Use Policy, Planning and Law                             

DECEMBER 9, 2020            12:00pm – 1:15pm            Fund for the Environment Logo     RPA Logo

  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America 

DECEMBER 10, 2020           9:00am – 11:00am          Zarin Steinmetz logo              

  • Lessons from Luminaries of Land Law: Latest and Greatest Decisions                     

As always, conference participants can earn CLE, APA-CM, AIA/AIA HSW and New York State planning and zoning training credits.

CLE Credits email Ann Marie McCoy at

Instructions for logging CM credits

AIA/AIA HSW Credits email Valerie Brown at

Continuing Education Sponsors:     

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Registration fees will be as follows:
4 Sessions: General Admission $100 or $300 (including CLE for NYS Attorneys)*
Single Session: General Admission $30 or $80 (including CLE for NYS Attorneys)
*First 100 people that register for the full conference receive The Color of Law.

Also, if your firm or company is interested, consider sponsoring! The conference provides an excellent opportunity to highlight your organization’s services and network with leaders in the field.  Please click here to see the sponsorship opportunities and become a sponsor.

Please see the conference agenda for more detailed information on conference sessions.