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.


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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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20th Annual Alfred B. DelBello Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference

Rx for Land Use Reform: Meeting the Challenge in a Time of Crisis

The Land Use Law Center is pleased to announce the 20th annual Alfred B. DelBello Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference. Scheduled for December 6-9, 2021, this year’s conference theme is Rx for Land Use Reform: Meeting the Challenge in a Time of Crisis.  

The viral pandemic has challenged the land use system to create safe sites and buildings to protect the public health and stabilize neighborhoods. This pandemic is exacerbated by three other dynamic forces that equally threaten public health: climate change, housing insecurity, and racial discrimination. The conference will explore how to meet the growing challenge of these four “pandemics” through land use policy and regulation innovation.

For more information please visit our Conference Page.

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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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