Land Use Law Center Convenes 16th Annual Conference

December 4, 2017
Land Use Law Center Conference

The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University is pleased to announce the 16thannual Alfred B. DelBello Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference. The theme of this year’s event will focus on the ways in which local governments are overcoming challenges and finding solutions that target new ways to plan, regulate, and design communities. The conference will be held on Thursday, December 7th at Haub Law.

“The Land Use Law Center leads the nation in educating local land use leaders– providing research, training and strategic planning to communities around the region,” said David Yassky, Dean of Haub Law. “The Alfred B. DelBello Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference allows this important work to reach an even broader audience of policy makers and officials as tackle issues of smart growth, zoning and urban planning.”

“This year’s conference will bring together more than 200 attorneys, business professionals, and local leaders to learn about national, regional, and local innovations and best practices,” said Professor John Nolon, Distinguished Professor of Law and Of Counsel for the Land Use Law Center. “We are proud that the Land Use Law Center annually convenes thought leaders, policy makers and attorneys to confront the challenges we face as we work to create more sustainable communities.”

The Land Use Law Center has worked with its Conference Board of Advisors—comprising local and national leaders in the field—to develop a conference program that will showcase innovative best practices in land use and sustainable development.  The morning keynote speaker is Geoff Anderson, President and CEO of Smart Growth America. Named by Partners for Livable Communities as “One of the 100 Most Influential Leaders in Sustainable Community Planning and Development,” Mr. Anderson helped to found the smart growth movement as one of the authors of the foundational 10 smart growth principles. Also joining the conference this year as the luncheon keynote presenter will be Barry Svigals, FAIA, Partner Emeritus, Svigals + Partners, a Connecticut-based architect whose approach brings to life architecture that is uniquely connected to the purpose, place and people for whom it is created and who recognizes that the built environment is the end result of a collaborative process of creative engagement..

Additional highlights of the conference include:

  • On Wednesday, December 6th, the Center will be hosting a dinnerto allow local leaders and sponsors an opportunity to network with conference presenters and to honor our Founder’s Award recipient Frank S. McCullough,Jr., Esq., partner at McCullough, Goldberger and Staudt., who has distinguished himself as a land use attorney who is sensitive to and able to unite disparate parties in support of growth and conservation.
  • Thursday’s conference will have sessions onfinancing mixed use development, form based codes, the future of mobility, designing healthy communities, office space redevelopment and so much more. Please see the full conference schedule for more details.


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