Monday, January 18, 2016

Pace Land Use Law Center - Winter 2016 Newsletter


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Celebrating 100 years of Zoning

Zoning, broadly defined, is the primary tool we use to determine the quality and quantity of what is developed and what is conserved on the American landscape. 2016 is zoning’s 100th anniversary. Its past achievements and future challenges were the focus of our annual land use conference in December. What we learned from that conference and our quarter century of experience will be explored in a number of posts in the Land Use Prof Blog.

Reflecting on the Past, Planning for the Future
Celebrating 100 years of Zoning
The Land Use Law Center held its 14th Annual Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference on December 11, 2015. The sold-out event was packed with eight sessions on various land use topics of regional significance.  Governor Parris N. Glendening (pictured left), President of Smart Growth America's Leadership Institute, was the luncheon keynote speaker and the morning plenary includedDon Elliot, FAICP, Dwight H. Merriam, Esq.,Professor John R. Nolon, Dean Patricia E. Salkin, andProfessor Michael A. Wolf who discussed the transformative land use, zoning, and sustainable development laws and policies that have shaped the nation and the region, including a historical look at zoning.
Honoring Alfred B. DelBello
In honor of Alfred B. DelBello, the Center has dedicated the Annual Conference to his legacy.  Mr. DelBello was instrumental in creating many significant and lasting land use initiatives during his tenure as Mayor of Yonkers, Westchester's County Executive, New York's Lieutenant Governor, and as an innovative legal practitionera career of over four decades of innovation and accomplishment.

Removing Barriers to Solar

As part of Solarize Westchester, the Center released a guidance document on removing regulatory barriers to solar permit implementation.  Westchester communities can receive free assistance with implementation from the Center as part of the project.


 Planning & Law Division Creates Opportunity for Pace Law Students

The Land Use Law Center’s Senior Staff AttorneyJennie Nolon Blanchard serves as Chair of thePlanning & Law Division (PLD)—one of the largest divisions of the 40,000-member American Planning Association—creating opportunities for Pace students to gain experience and learn about the intersection of planning and law. PLD selected second-year Pace Law student Leonard Cohen as its 2015-16 Daniel J. Curtin Fellow, marking the first time a Pace student has been awarded this fellowship. Jennie also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the PLD’s newsletter, Planning & Law, for which she has created a Student Editorial Board run entirely by Pace Law students.

Protecting the Environment Through Land Use Law
 A new book by Prof. John R. Nolon, "Protecting the Environment Through Land Use Law: Standing Ground", takes a close look at the historical struggle that local governments face balancing land development with natural resource conservation.  For more details and ordering information click here.
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