Land Use Law Center

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, videos & podcasts, and publications and resources on contemporary land use, real estate, and environmental issues.


Giaining 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.

Drafting a Local Land Use Law to Achieve Climate Resilient Development: A Local Solution to a Global Problem
The IPCC has recommended furthering Climate Resilient Development as a principal method of adapting to and mitigating climate change to achieve sustainable development for all. It has not proposed how to implement CRD. Through workshops and publications, this project will develop a framework law for the 40,000 local governments that have legal power to regulate private development and that experience the consequences of climate change at the ground level.

View our workshop recordings on CRD here.

View our blogs and articles on CRD here.


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For additional information on Resources and Programs click here.

For more information on the Land Use Law Center’s Land Use, Human Health, and Equity Project visit our Blog on GreenLaw.

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22nd Annual Alfred B. DelBello Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference

Conference announcement

The Land Use Law Center is pleased to announce the 22nd annual Alfred B. DelBello Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference. Scheduled for December 7 - 8, 2023, this year’s conference theme is Balancing Economic Realities with Environmental and Social Concerns.

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.

Additional highlights of the conference include:

  • On Thursday, December 7th, the Center will be hosting  the Founders Award Dinner.
  • Featured sessions on comprehensive and environmental plans and tools, affordable green housing, takings law and case updates, ethics in law and planning, resiliency and energy and so much more.
  • 30th Anniversary Celebration Reception.

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.

For more information, please visit our conference page.

Governor Hocul Highlights Hudson Valley Regional Investments in FY 2024 Executive Budget

A shout-out to the Land Use Law Center from the Governor in a recent press conference.

Unexpected highlight on February 21, 2023:
New York State Governor Kathy Hochul showered praise on the Land Use Law Center for inspiring and guiding NYS and local communities with innovative land use strategies!

To watch the press conference in its entirety click here.

Popping Climate Change Bubbles:
Click on the link below to listen to Professor Nolon explain how to use land use law to mitigate and adapt to climate change .



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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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 this publication here.

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