Land Use Law Center's 17th Annual Sustainable Development Conference

December 3, 2018
Professor John Nolon


This year’s conference “Sustainable Development as a Market Driver” brings together more than 250 attorneys, business professionals, and local leaders to learn about national, regional, and local innovations, challenges, and best practices

WHITE PLAINS, NY – The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University is pleased to announce the 17th annual Alfred B. DelBello Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference. Featured sessions will cover on comprehensive and target area plans, zoning tools for a new economy, water resources and energy projects, among other topics.  Christopher Leinberger, a land use strategist, professor, real estate developer, researcher, speaker, and author will give the keynote address on “Walkable Urbanism is the Future of the Suburbs; Identifying Winners and Losers of this Trend.” The conference will be held on Thursday, December 6th at Hauub Law.  

“This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Land Use Law Center at Pace Law,” said Dean Horace Anderson. “For more than two decades, the Center has led the way in educating local and regional land use leaders and supporting municipalities. This conference provides another opportunity to do that and make an impact on elected officials, policy makers and advocates who are looking at how to develop sustainable communities.”

“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 in land use.”

“We are proud that in our 25th anniversary year, we will honor two Pace Law alumni – Richard O’Rourke and Noelle C. Wolfson, for their outstanding contributions to the field of land use and sustainable development,” said Land Use Law Center Executive Director Jessica Bacher. “We look forward to our 2018 conference and exploring the connections and tensions between sustainable development and the market.”

Additional highlights of the conference include:

  • On Wednesday, December 5th, the Center will be hosting a dinner to allow local leaders and sponsors an opportunity to add to their conference experience and network with conference presenters and to honor our Founder’s Award recipient Richard O'RourkeKeane & Beane. This year, we also celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Land Use Law Center. In honor of this occasion, the Center will bestow its first Distinguished Young Attorney Award to Noelle C. Wolfson, Associate Attorney, Hocherman, Tortorella, & Wekstein, LLP, a 2006 graduate of Pace Law and former Land Use Law Center Honors Fellow, who has demonstrated excellent service and commitment to land use law. 
  • Featured sessions on comprehensive and target area plans, zoning tools for a new economy, water resources, energy projects and more.
  • Land Use Law Center 25-Year Anniversary Reunion Wine & Cheese Reception

A full conference schedule is available here.


About the 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 programsaudio podcasts, and frequent publications and resources on contemporary land use, real estate, and environmental issues.

About Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law, (Haub Law) offers J.D. and Masters of Law degrees in both Environmental and International Law, as well as a series of joint degree programs including a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) in Environmental Law. The school, housed on the University’s campus in White Plains, NY, opened its doors in 1976 and has over 8,000 alumni around the world. The school maintains a unique philosophy and approach to legal education that strikes an important balance between practice and theory. For more information visit

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