Tiffany Zezula

  • Deputy Director, Land Use Law Center
  • Adjunct Professor of Law
31 Crane Avenue

Education

BS, Tulane University
JD, Elisabeth Haub School of Law

Tiffany B. Zezula, Esq. is the Deputy Director for the Land Use Law Center at Pace University School of Law in White Plains, NY. She is the primary trainer and national coordinator for the Center’s award winning Land Use Leadership Alliance Training program for local officials, environmentalists, planners, and developers. The Training Program has been modeled and transferred to over 6 states and has been tailored to tactical numerous land use issues, including fair and affordable housing. The program has trained over 3000 leaders in the Hudson Valley Region alone, including over 350 leaders in the Hudson Valley on the specific topic of fair and affordable housing.

Ms. Zezula also provides strategic assistance to local governments on comprehensive planning, revitalization strategies, land use, and the formation of affordable housing committees. Her work includes developing public engagement strategies and conducting feasibility analyses on town center developments. She conducts assessments and audits for municipalities in sustainable development, resiliency, State certification programs, and streamlining development processes. Ms. Zezula also provides strategic assistance to local governments, including assistance in developing collaborative public engagement approaches on land use project disputes and comprehensive planning. She has created various public engagement reports for communities across NY and CT. These reports are a culmination of public input facilitated by Ms. Zezula and then categorized and analyzed to highlight the public’s feedback and interests regarding future land use decisions. Finally, she has worked in select communities in the creation of affordable housing committees advocating for affordable housing policy reform and education of citizens on the topic.

Finally, Ms. Zezula is in charge of running the Center’s annual conference. The Center’s annual conference is a significant educational event in the region, with more than 250 attorneys, business professionals, planners and local leaders in attendance to learn about national, regional, and local innovations, challenges, and best practices.

Ms. Zezula is a frequent national speaker on collaborative governance and local decision-making. She is also a frequent guest presenter at the Yale School of Forestry and an adjunct professor at Pace University School of Law on Environmental Dispute Resolution and Sustainable Development Law. She received her J.D. cum laude from Pace Law School in 2003 along with a certificate in Environmental Law. She is a certified mediator in the State of New York.

Publications

J. Nolon and T. Zezula, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: The Search for Solutions that are Just Right, NY Planning and Zoning Law Report (Fall 2012).

J. Bacher and T. Zezula, Managing Climate Change through Land Use: Creating the Human Infrastructure for Collaborative Decision-Making at the Local Level, ACResolution (Fall 2009).

J. Nolon, Open Ground, Environmental Law Institute (2003). Contributing researcher and author, having researched and co-written numerous sections.

Editor of Starting Ground Series: Intermunicipal Cooperation and Smart Growth (2003)

J.Bacher and T. Zezula, The Beach Zone: Using Local Land Use Authority to Preserve Barrier Island, ENVTL. L. IN N.Y., Parts I & II, Vol. 13, Nos. 10 & 11 (Sept. & Oct. 2002).

The Beach Zone: Using Local Land Use Authority to Preserve Barrier Island, PACE ENVTL. L. REV., Summer 2002, vol.