Wednesday, September 19, 2018

APA launches a new timeline of planning

The American Planning Association has a nifty new timeline of planning, which is worth a look and might be a good background tool to mention for students.  It is available here.

September 19, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Vacant Property Research Network issues new policy brief on strategic code enforcement

From Kermit Lind...

The Vacant Property Research Network has issued new policy brief on strategic code enforcement.  You can view it here.  

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

CFP: ABA Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Dev Law: Sustainability in Affordable Housing, Fair Housing & Community Development

From Tim Iglesias:

ABA Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law


Call for Papers


Sustainability in Affordable Housing, Fair Housing

 & Community Development


Abstracts due October 15, 2018


Drafts due January 1, 2019

TheJournal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law(the Journal)invites articles and essays on the theme of sustainability in affordable housing, fair housing and community development. Contributions couldexplore sustainability from environmental, economic, social or political perspectives and address topics ranging from green building and disaster preparedness/response to affordable housing preservation to funding for local fair housing organizations. Articles and essays could analyze new issues, tell success stories and draw lessons, or explore problems and propose legal and policy recommendations. The Journalwelcomes essays (typically 2,500–6,200 words) or articles (typically 7,000-10,000 words). 

In addition, the Journal welcomes articles and essays on any of the Journal’straditional subjects: affordable housing, fair housing and community/economic development. Topics could include important developments in the field; federal, state, local and/or private funding sources; statutes, policies or regulations; and empirical studies.

The Journalis the nation’s only law journal dedicated to affordable housing and community development law.  The Journaleducates readers and provides a forum for discussion and resolution of problems in these fields by publishing articles from distinguished law professors, policy advocates and practitioners.

Interested authors are encouraged to send an abstract describing their proposals to the Journal’s Editor-in-Chief, Tim Iglesias, at iglesias@usfca.eduby October 15, 2018. Submissions of final articles and essays are due by January 1, 2019.The Journal also accepts submissions on a rolling basis. Please do not hesitate to contact the Editor with any questions.

September 9, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, September 7, 2018

Free Online Sept. 14: ABA State & Local Gov Land Use Committee presentation: "Mt. Laurel: An Update"

From Sarah Adams-Schoen:
Next Friday's online meeting of the ABA State & Local Government Law Land Use Committee will feature a presentation on "Mt. Laurel: An Update," by Judge (retired) Peter A. Buchsbaum & Kevin D. Walsh, Exec. Dir. of the Fair Share Housing Center. The event is Fri., Sept. 14, 1-2 CT. 
The meeting is open to anyone, so please feel free to join if you're interested, and please forward this invitation to students or others you know who may be interested.  
To attend, simply join the online meeting on September 14 at 1 pm CT, by clicking (or copying and pasting into your browser): 
(You can also join the meeting from a mobile device by downloading the Zoom app and then clicking, or from your phone by calling either +1 669 900 6833 (US Toll) or +1 929 436 2866 (US Toll) and entering the Meeting ID: 801-354-9496. International numbers are available at

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Oct 19: Law, Planning and Wildfire in the Wildland-Urban Interface: The Future of Government and Governance of Disaster in the West

I am pleased to announce that on October 19, 2018, the University of Idaho College of Law, along with UI's Bioregional Planning Department, Boise State University's School of Public Service, and the Idaho Department of Lands, will host a day-long event on legal and planning tools for wildfire management in the wildland-urban interface.  

In addition, the events will be broadcast live on the Internet and archived.  I hope some of you will be able to join us in person or online.  The schedule and registration just went public and are reproduced below.  The official page is here.



Law, Planning and Wildfire in the Wildland-Urban Interface: The Future of Government and Governance of Disaster in the West

State Capitol Building, Lincoln Auditorium
Boise, Idaho
Oct. 19, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 


8:00 - 8:45 Registration and Light Breakfast (Capitol Cafeteria)
8:45 - 9:00 Introductory Remarks
Stephen R. Miller, Associate Dean & Professor of Law, University of Idaho College of Law
9:00 - 10:00 How is Wildfire in the WUI Different? How Do We Plan for It?

Trends, Impacts, and the Economics of Wildfires at the Community Scale
Kimiko Barrett, Research & Policy Analyst, Headwaters Economics

Using Pre-Disaster Community Capacity to Address Land Use Post-Wildfire: Three California Case Studies
Edith Hannigan, Land Use Planning Policy Manager, California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection
10:00 - 11:15 Finding Success in WUI Regulations: A Case Study from Washington State
Molly Mowery, President, Wildfire Planning International
Craig Gildroy, Planning Director, City of Chelan, Washington
Mike Kaputa, Director, Chelan County Natural Resources, Chelan County, Washington
Steve King, Economic Development Director, City of Wenatchee, Washington
11:30 - 12:00 Fires of Change
Shawn Skabelund, Installation Artist / Curator
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch (Capitol Cafeteria)
1:00 - 2:00 What are the Limits of Planning for Wildfire in the WUI?

Limits to Adaptation: Post-Wildfire Views of WUI Regulations and Planning
Miranda Mockrin, Research Scientist, U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station
Hillary Fishler, School of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology, Utah State University
Susan Stewart, Research Scientist, U.S. Forest Service (Ret.)

Addressing the Impact of Absentee Landowners on Community Wildfire Safety
Meghan Housewright, Director, Fire and Life Safety Policy Institute, National Fire Protection Association
Michele Steinberg, Manager, Wildfire Division, National Fire Protection Association
2:00 - 3:15 Envisioning a Cohesive Wildfire Strategy for the Northern Rockies: A Case Study from Montana
Michelle Bryan, Professor of Law, University of Montana School of Law
Samuel Panarella, Associate Professor & Director, Max S. Baucus Institute, University of Montana School of Law
Sandi Zellmer, Professor of Law, Director of Natural Resources Clinics, University of Montana School of Law
3:30 - 4:30 The Role of Informal Governance in Wildfire Planning: Observations from Idaho
Stephen R. Miller, Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Faculty Development, University of Idaho College of Law
Jaap Vos, Professor & Program Head, Bioregional Planning & Community Design, University of Idaho College of Art and Architecture
Eric Lindquist, Associate Professor, School of Public Service, Boise State University
4:30 Reception (Idaho Law & Justice Learning Center)

September 5, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Gregory M. Stein: Will the Sharing Economy Increase Inequality?

Gregory M. Stein (Tennessee) has posted, "Will the Sharing Economy Increase Inequality?" on SSRN.  Here is the abstract:

The rise of the sharing economy benefits consumers and providers alike. Consumers can access a wider range of goods and services on an as-needed basis and no longer need to own a smaller number of costly assets that sit unused most of the time. Providers can engage in profitable short-term ventures, working on their own schedule and enjoying many new opportunities to supplement their income. Sharing economy platforms often employ dynamic pricing, which means that the price of a good or service varies in real time as supply and demand change. Under dynamic pricing, the price of a good or service is highest when demand is high or supply is low. Just when a customer most needs a good or service – think bottled water after a hurricane – dynamic pricing may price that customer out of the market. This Article examines the extent to which the rise of the sharing economy may exacerbate existing inequality. It describes the sharing economy and its frequent use of dynamic pricing as a means of allocating scarce resources. It then focuses on three types of commodities – necessities, inelastic goods and services, and public goods and services – and discusses why the dynamic pricing of these three types of commodities raises the greatest inequality concerns. The Article concludes by asking whether some type of intervention is warranted and examining the advantages and drawbacks of government action, action by the private sector, or no action at all.

Well worth a read.

September 2, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)