Recent Events

Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing

Make Yourself Aware of All Available Opportunities For Clean Energy Investment and Business Development

Free informational event featuring a Superb Panel of experts including:
     Mackey Dykes, VP Financing, Connecticut Green Bank
     Fred Lee, Co-CEO of NYC Energy Efficiency Corporation (NYCEEC)
     Mike Doty, Director, Energy Efficiency Lending. Greenworks Lending

Co-Sponsored by NECHPI and the US DOE’s NY/NJ CHP Technical Assistance Partnership

When: May 5, 2020 at 1:00pm
Where: Webinar

Eighteenth Annual
Alfred B. DelBello Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference

The Land Use Law Center is pleased to announce the theme of its 2019 Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference – Building the Infrastructure for Our Sustainable Future.

We invite you to spend the day at this educational event, with more than 250 attorneys, business professionals, and local leaders in attendance to learn about national, regional, and local innovations, challenges, and best practices.

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. The Center is pleased to announce that this year’s luncheon keynote presenter will be Tom Murphy, Urban Land Institute Senior Resident and Canizaro/Klingbeil Families Chair for Urban development.  A former mayor of Pittsburgh, Mayor Murphy has extensive experience in revitalization and what drives investment and ensures long-lasting commitment.  He will be joined by the opening keynote speaker Thomas W. Smith, III, the executive director of the American Society of Civil Engineers.  Mr. Smith and ASCE will speak about future-scenario analysis that allows us to anticipate the coming changes and their effects on infrastructure and communities.

On Wednesday, December 4th, 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 Lester D. Steinman, Esq., Partner, McCarthy Fingar, LLP and former Director of the Edwin G. Michaelian Municipal Law Resource Center of Pace University, Distinguished Young Attorney award recipient Victoria L. Polidoro, Esq., Rodenhausen Chale & Polidoro LLP and Ground Breaker’s Award recipients Kenneth and Sean Kearney, Kearney Realty & Development Group.

As always, conference participants can earn CLE, APA-CM, and New York State planning and zoning training credits.

For more information visit our Conference Page.

When: Thursday, December 5, 2019
Where: NYS Judicial Institute at Pace Law School, White Plains, NY

Resources for Municipalities - Battery Energy Storage Systems

Learn how adopting the tools and best practices in the Battery Energy Storage System Guidebook will help your community prepare for energy storage project development
in a safe and efficient manner.

The workshop – sponsored by Sustainable Westchester and presented by NYSERDA – is for local officials and will:

  • present information about battery energy storage technology basics
  • identify important code considerations for project siting, and
  • offer a review of the Model Battery Energy Storage Law

* Training credits are available for municipal board members.
* Stay tuned for a separate NYSERDA technical training for code enforcement officers and first responders planned for later this summer.

For more information please click here.

RSVP: by July 24th by emailing

When: August 7, 2019, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Where: Pace Law School, Gerber Glass Building, Moot Courtroom, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603

Land Use Law Training


The Sullivan County Division of Planning, Sullivan Renaissance, and the Pace Land Use Law Center are teaming up to offer a two-night workshop on community character, SEQRA, signs, and more. Please see the schedule below for more information. CLE credits will be available.

To register, call or email Shannon Cilento at (845) 807-0529 or email

When: June 24 and June 26, 2019, 5pm - 8pm
Where: Sullivan County Emergency Services Training Center

Sign Code
Gaining Ground Book

Better Town Toolkit
The Land Use System
Municipal Regulation of Signs

Land Use Leadership Alliance Training Program

In the spring of 2019, with support from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund through the Hudson River Estuary Program of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and in partnership with the Hudson River Watershed Alliance, the Land Use Law Center of Pace Law School is preparing to conduct its award winning LULA training program for selected communities in Albany County. Conducted by the Land Use Law Center, this program is intended for local leaders who have a commitment to water quality and quantity, recreation and drinking water in the Normanskill, Vlomankill, Coeymans and Onesquethaw watersheds, and who are interested in implementing land use regulations and policy that address those water resource issues.  The hope is each community will leave the training program with a fully trained leadership group, as well as a preliminary implementation plan or strategy regarding watershed protection or resiliency. The Program is designed to help leaders create new networks of support, identify successful land use techniques, and develop implementable local strategies that will enable more watershed protection and development that is protective of water resources in the region.

When: May 10, May 31, and June 14, 2019
Where: Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, NY 12054

Westchester Municipal Planning Federation - 2019 Land Use Training Institute

Land Use Law Update: The SEQRA Amendments: Are they having and Impact? 
Zoning and Land Use Case Law Update
Protecting Board Decisions

The WMPF Land Use Training Institute is the best way to keep up with your local certification and training requirements and the latest issues and trends.  This session earns two credit hours. A Certificate of Completion will be issued. Free for WMPF Members* and Students with current Student ID. $40 for Non-Members.* Register Online at WMPF.ORG
*2 CLE Practice Credits are available for this program through the Pace Land Use Law Center.  You must indicate at the time of online registration that you are requesting CLE credits.  Prior to the program, please send a check for $70, payable to the "Land Use Law Center" at 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603.

Jennifer Gray, Esq., Keane & Beane, P.C.
David Steinmetz, Esq., Zarin & Steinmetz
Linda B. Whitehead, Esq., McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP

When: May 15, 2019
Where: Judicial Institute at Pace Law School, Lecture Hall


Third Annual Hudson Valley Affordable Housing Summit
Hudson Valley Housing and Development: Updates, Innovations and Opportunities

The Hudson Valley Affordable Housing Summit will provide an overview of the current state of affairs in housing and present strategies for increasing affordable housing through new partnerships in real estate, health, finance, and services. Experts from community development, lending, real estate, and the faith community will come together for three panels to discuss ways that affordable housing can be created.  CLE CREDITS AVAILABLE (2 Practice and 1 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias).

Keynote Speakers Include:  George Latimer, Westchester County Executive and  Marcus Molinaro, Dutchess County Executive

When: May 2, 2019
Where: NYS Judicial Institute at Pace Law School

CLE Outline 
CLE Packet

Rockland County Waterfront Planning Forum: Planning for vibrant, healthy waterfronts

We are pleased to announce another educational opportunity being co-sponsored by the Rockland Municipal Planning Federation entitled:  "Rockland County Waterfront Planning Forum".  This session is being held on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 7-9 PM at the Haverstraw Center, 50 West Broad Street, Haverstraw, NY.  The session will feature discussions on revitalizing Hudson riverfronts - conservation and development strategies for creating healthy and prosperous communities; new developments in Comprehensive Plans and Local Waterfront Revitalization Programs; and planning perspectives from across the Hudson Valley.  Even if your community is not a Hudson River community, strategies discussed can be useful to your municipality.  

Attendance at the educational session will provide 2 hours towards the New York State mandated training time for planning and zoning board of appeals members.  In addition, both CM and CLE credits will be provided.  Please see flyer and agenda for more details.

When: April 16, 2019
Where: Haverstraw Center

Revitalizing Hudson Riverfronts
WCA Playbook - Land Use Regulations Section


Investing in Westchester's Digital Future: Exploring the Impacts of Next Generation Technology
This program is in partnership with Pace’s Land Use Law Center and the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation (WMPF).


  • The direct impact of high-speed broadband and wireless technology on economic development, workforce development, healthcare, and our education system.
  • Current state of our federal, state, and local regulatory activities and steps to take to prepare for the newest technological advancements.
  • The value of comprehensive planning to face a number of policy, public safety, land-use and right-of way considerations.
  • Digital equity and strategies to eliminate barriers to broadband access and use.

For more details please see

CLE Credit: 1 Practice Credit will be available. 

When: March 26, 2019
Where: IBM Learning Center, 20 Old Post Rd., Armonk, NY

Wireless Compendium

Quasi-Public Corporations & Financing Local Development Projects

As part of the Westchester County Association's Policy Playbook roll-out, we invite you to attend an important workshop on using quasi-public corporations to achieve local economic development goals. Panelists will discuss local development corporations and industrial development agencies and the tools and strategies they can employ. Target audience include: local government officials, planners, developers, consultants. In partnership with Westchester County Association and ULI-Westchester & Fairfield Chapter. MORE DETAILS

When: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Where: NYS Judicial Institute at Pace Law School, White Plains, NY



Managing Solar in Your Community
Resources & Assistance for Local Governments in Westchester County

Sustainable Westchester, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Pace Land Use Law Center and Abundant Efficiency bring you this morning workshop to help your community successfully prepare for larger scale solar installations. Featuring Westchester municipal case studies, an exploration of community solar and a presentation on NYSERDA’s model solar law and new Municipal Solar Procurement Toolkit, this event will provide resources and share best practices to expand the use of clean, solar energy in your community!

For additional information please see the EVENT FLYER or the AGENDA.

When: Friday, December 14, 2018
Where: Moot Courtroom, Gerber Glass Law Library at Pace Law School, White Plains, NY

Seventeenth Annual
Alfred B. DelBello Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference

The Land Use Law Center is pleased to announce the theme of its 2018 Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference – Sustainable Development as a Market Driver

We invite you to spend the day at this educational event, with more than 250 attorneys, business professionals, and local leaders in attendance to learn about national, regional, and local innovations, challenges, and best practices.

There are several interesting session under development. Most exciting, the Center is pleased to announce that this year’s opening keynote presenter will be Christopher Leinberger, a land use strategist, professor, real estate developer, researcher, speaker, and author, who balances business realities with social and environmental concerns.  In 2017, Mr. Leinberger was named  one of the 100 most influential urbanists by Planetizen.

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'Rourke, Keane & Beane.

Join us, after the conference, to celebrate the Land Use Law Center’s 25-Year Anniversary with a Wine & Cheese Reception.

As always, conference participants can earn CLE, APA-CM, and New York State planning and zoning training credits.

For more information visit our Conference Page.

When: Thursday, December 6, 2018
Where: NYS Judicial Institute at Pace Law School, White Plains, NY

Land Use Pre-Conference Dinner

The Land Use Law Center will present this year's Founder’s Award to Richard L. O'Rourke, Principal Member, Keane & Beane P.C., 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. This award is bestowed in the name of Theodore W. Kheel, the great American attorney and labor mediator, renowned for his ability to build consensus and resolve conflicts, who was a major supporter of the Land Use Law Center. 

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. 

Please join us for this wonderful opportunity to celebrate Rick and Noelle’s successes and toast to 25 years of the Land Use Law Center. 

When: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Where: Mansion on Broadway, White Plains, NY

Downtown's New Direction:
Will Smart Growth Get Us There?

Join Westfair Communications and Pace Land Use Law Center for a talk on downtown development from a national expert and the local authorities. For more information and registration please click here.

Featured Speaker: Gov. Parris Glendening, President, Smart Growth America's Leadership Institute and the Governor's Institute on Community Design 


Noam Bramson, Mayor, New Rochelle
Alex Twining, CEO and President, Twinning Properties
Arthur Collins II, Co-founding principal and president of Collins Enterprises LLC
Joan McDonald, former Commissioner of the Department of Transportation in NY and Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Department in CT


Jessica A. Bacher, Executive Director, Land Use Law Center, Adjunct Professor of Law, Pace Law School
John R. Nolon, Distinguished Professor and Counsel to the Land Use Law Center at Pace Law School

When: Thursday, March 24, 2016 --- 11:30am -1:30pm
Where: Tudor Room, Preston Hall at Pace Law School, White Plains, NY

This Is Going to Be A Great Year!
Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference

For the past 20 years, the Land Use Law Center has sought to elevate the law, policy, and practice of land use and sustainable development in the Hudson Valley region and beyond. The Center’s 2014 conference brought together more than 350 attorneys, business professionals, planners, and local leaders to learn about national, regional, and local innovations, challenges, and best practices. Commissioner Mitchell Silver and Kaid Benfield provided fantastic keynotes to the day’s event.

Because zoning turns 100 years old in 2016, we plan to celebrate its impending centennial at our annual conference in December! Since zoning and land use regulation affect so many interests, our focus on zoning’s centennial provides us with a broad framework for the conference program.  Conference planning this year will concentrate on zoning's past, present, and promise for the future. For example, conference panels may tackle current zoning challenges, such as zoning for solar, district energy, water conservation, resilience, transit orientation, etc. If you have any suggestions or thoughts regarding this topic, feel free to contact Tiffany Zezula at We are looking forward to a great conference in December.

For more information visit our Conference Page.

When: December 11, 2015
Where: The New York State Judicial Institute at Pace Law School


Meeting Fair & Affordable Housing Needs

Advanced training on planning, financing, zoning, and public conversation on fair and affordable housing.

Newly designed sessions include presentations from regional planners, developers, attorneys and public engagement specialists. Skilled facilitators will conduct breakout exercises and guide group discussions. Participants will tour new sites and meet developers and community reps. Curriculum includes inclusionary zoning in practice, financing affordable housing, and the impact of new developments in fair housing law & policies. Don’t miss the special session on building inclusive and sustainable communities.

Participants must Register by September 14, 2015 for this free 3 day program. For more information...

CLE credits for attorneys (TBD) and Training Certificates for local board members will be available.

When: October 2, October 23 and November 13, 2015 (3 day program) --- 9:00am -4:30pm
Where: NYS Judicial Institute at Pace Law School, White Plains, NY

New York State has made a $1 billion commitment to solar power.
Is your municipality ready for what’s ahead?

Preparing Your Municipality for Growth in Solar:
What’s Coming and Technical Assistance to Help You Manage the Changes

On October 23rd, Solarize Westchester, Sustainable Westchester and Pace Land Use Law Center presented a morning workshop for local officials and volunteer committees on trends in solar photovoltaic installations in Westchester and how to handle the steep growth in installations. This session included:

  • Overview of Solarize Westchester and trends in solar in Westchester County
  • Survey of solar permitting in Westchester’s municipalities
  • A review of top zoning barriers to solar installations in Westchester and strategies to address them.
  • Lessons from the Front Lines: municipal officials share how their municipality has adapted
  • Model zoning for solar installations
  • Next steps: time limited technical assistance available

When: October 23, 2015 --- 8:30am -11:30am
Where: Moot Courtroom, Pace Law School, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY


Preparing Your Municipality for Growth in Solar
Solar-Friendly Permitting Examples
Barrier Removal for Solar Permitting
Sustainable CUNY - NYS Model Solar Zoning Law
EnergizeNY Finance solarize NY Update

Agenda - Municipal PV Meeting
Solar Barrier Removal Guide
Model Solar Resolution
Online Solar Resource List



FBC 301
Formulating, Adopting and Administering a Code

FBC 301 focuses on formulating, adopting, and administering a form-based code. The course will offer an in-depth look at the relationship between the comprehensive plan and a form-based code, the mechanics of code adoption, the advantages and disadvantages of mandatory, parallel and floating-zone codes, and ways to avoid common pitfalls in the drafting and administration of form-based codes.

Instructors will explain how to structure the process, including what must happen before, during, and after the code is drafted, what to keep and what to discard from an existing conventional code, how to relate the form-based code to the existing regulatory framework in a specific municipality, how to insulate a FBC against potential legal challenges, and issues of post-adoption implementation and project review. The course will examine specific examples and lessons learned from experience working with form-based codes and will include a hands-on exercise in code implementation.

NOTE: The one-day intro class ABCs of Form-Based Codes (or FBC 101e on-line) is prerequisite for taking FBC 301.

FBC 301 is part of FBCI's 3-course series. It combines with FBC 101 (ABCs of Form-Based Codes) and FBC 201 (Urban Design), to complete a thorough instruction in the discipline of form-based coding. FBCI awards a certificate to all those completing the 3-course series.

When: November 4 and November 5, 2015 (2 day program) --- 8:30am -5:00pm
Where: NYS Judicial Institute at Pace Law School, White Plains, NY

For information on the FBCI abd their upcoming courses plese go to


FBC 101
The ABCs of Form-Based Codes

This intensive one-day class gives a useful overview of the process of creating a form-based code.  The class combines presentations and discussion with a hands-on exercise in observing a community's built form, and the use of regulation to shape public space.

Participants will see how form-based codes are essentially different from conventional land use regulation, and how they can solve many of the problems created by conventional zoning.

When: Friday, May 8, 2015 - 8:30am -5:00pm
Where: NYS Judicial Institute at Pace Law School, White Plains, NY

For additional information...


Integrating Clean Energy into Your Community

The Orange County Municipal Planning Federation along with the Orange County Department of Planning is collaborating with NYSERDA’s NY-Sun PV Trainers Network to bring you a full day clean energy training event on Friday, March 20, 2015 in Goshen, NY. This full-day training will include workshops on Intro to Solar Policy, Adopting the New York State Unified Solar Permit, Zoning for Solar Energy and background on other forms of renewable energy, including wind and geothermal.

Municipal representatives including planning and zoning board members, planners, code officers, elected officials, and solar energy professionals and other interested stakeholders from around the Hudson Valley are invited to attend.


When: Friday, March 20, 2015 - 8:00am -4:30pm
Where: Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924

For more information...

Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference
Transitioning Communities

The Land Use Law Center is pleased to announce the theme of its 2014 Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference - Transitioning Communities.  The Conference will discuss topics and challenges that municipalities in the region are being faced with, such as the changing demographic pattern, changing community needs, the impact of a shrinking or growing pattern of development, and transitions between community environments - the suburban/rural-urban interface. The Conference will also highlight how communities are transitioning towards sustainability, disaster recovery, and revitalization. We will aim our sessions at addressing the needs of communities already in transition, as well as the idea of how to proactively transition communities toward something new. We invite you to spend the day at this educational event, with more than 250 attorneys, business professionals, and local leaders in attendance to learn about national, regional, and local innovations, challenges, and best practices.

There are several interesting sessions on the schedule, and we recently confirmed that Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, NYC Parks Commissioner; Past President, American Planning Association; Former Raleigh Chief Planning Officer; and City Innovator and Kaid Benfield, Special Counsel for Urban Solutions, Natural Resources Defense Council, will be our keynote speakers.

Conference participants can earn CLE, APA-CM, and New York State planning and zoning training credits.

We hope you can join us for this day-long event scheduled for December 5, 2014 at Pace Law School in the NYS Judicial Institute building.

There is additional information available on our conference page.

Solarize Westchester and Land Use Planning for Solar Energy

On September 4th, two great events were hosted at the Judicial Institute at Pace Law School regarding Solar Energy.

The morning session introduced participants, comprised of local government officials, businesses owners, and not-for-profits organizations, to Solarize Westchester. Part of New York State’s $1 billion investment in solar energy through the NY-Sun program, Solarize Westchester is designed to drive down the costs of solar installations to make Westchester County New York State’s solar leader – and to maximize the benefits of clean energy, cost savings and local jobs that solar energy offers. The initiative is a partnership of the Energy Improvement Corporation, Abundant Efficiency, Croton Energy Group, Pace Law School’s Land Use Law Center, SmartPower and Sustainable Westchester. The morning session’s first panel announced how Solarize Westchester will work with eight municipalities to select a qualified solar installer through a competitive bidding process, who will partner with each community to publicize opportunities for residents and business to generate their own solar energy. Interested communities in Westchester County may apply to participate in the campaign through October 16, 2014. Presentations also focused on how the Solarize Westchester program will be working with municipalities to eliminate regulatory barriers to solar installation and adopt the New York State Unified Solar Permit, a streamlined permitting process.

In the afternoon, participants joined Pace Land Use Law Center (LULC), a member of NYSERDA's NY-Sun PV Trainers Network, at an in-depth policy workshop to discuss strategies for developing a policy and planning framework that supports a growing solar market. Participants learned about community engagement techniques to support solar policies, the legal process in plan making, and nationally accepted best practices and common features found in comprehensive and other local plans.  Click here for the Workshop PowerPoint. This session also provided an overview of the NY-Sun PV Trainers Network, which is led by a consortium of partners to offer no and low cost training and technical assistance across New York State. The PV Trainers Network is part of NY-Sun, Governor Cuomo’s initiative to greatly increase the amount of installed solar capacity throughout the state. Through education, training, and technical assistance, the Network helps local governments and stakeholders identify opportunities, mitigate barriers, and create programs that drive development of solar electric (photovoltaic or PV) markets in communities across New York State.  With funding from NYSERDA, Meister Consultants Group has partnered with Entech Engineering, the City University of New York (CUNY), Pace Land Use Law Center (LULC) and a network of academic institutions to implement the Network. For more information, please visit or contact