Educational Conference Helps Communities Address Future Challenges

On December 6th, the Land Use Law Center held its 12th annual conference, Leading Communities Toward a Resilient Future.” The keynote speaker was internationally known urban revitalization strategy consultant, Majora Carter.

This year’s Conference focused on the challenges faced by the greater New York Metropolitan area as it addresses the effects of natural disasters and a changing climate. Designed as an educational forum, the event drew hundreds of attorneys, business professionals, and local leaders who explored best practices that are emerging in the area of land use law.

Among the topics that participants addressed during the day-long event were strategies that enable communities to be more resilient in response to economic, social, and environmental changes. Break-out sessions included discussions of flood plain regulation, hydrofracking, and solar panel permitting. Among the notable speakers were Stephen Hardy, former planner for the award-winning Sustainable Comprehensive Plan for the City of Greensburg, Kansas.

The Land Use Law Center was established in 1993 to foster the development of sustainable communities and regions through the promotion of innovative land use strategies and dispute resolution techniques. Throughout the year, its staff and consulting professionals provide programs, publications, and continuing legal education opportunities as well as law school courses at Pace Law School.