Wednesday, December 12, 2018

This Friday! Free ABA webinar on comprehensive planning (details included)

From Sarah Adams-Schoen (Arkansas-Little Rock):

As chair of the ABA State & Local Gov't Law section's Land Use Committee, I host semi-monthly webinars on land use law topics. This month's will be presented by Portland, Oregon attorney Jennifer Bragar on comprehensive planning law. Among other things, Jennifer will discuss recent judicial opinions from states that ascribe quasi-constitutional status to comprehensive plans, and the closer scrutiny the courts apply in these cases to assure consistency or conformity of local actions--including adoption or amendment of land use regulations--with the applicable comprehensive plan. Given that what constitutes the comprehensive plan can include a locality's previous land use decisions and its zoning ordinance, consistency determinations must often take aim at a moving target.

These webinars are open to anyone and free (they're not accredited for CLE, but you can self-accredit if needed). 

Here are the details: 

Comprehensive Planning Law Update--

The Plan as an Impermanent Constitution

Friday, December 14, 2-3 pm ET

To join the online meeting, click:

(You can also join the meetings 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 

Upcoming topics include: 

"Community Prosecution," on Jan. 11, 2019, by Chhunny Chhean, Esq.

"Distressed Properties," on Mar. 8, 2019, by Jessica Bacher, Executive Director, Pace Land Use Law Center

"Land Use Ethics," on May 10, 2019, by Patricia Salkin, Provost, Graduate & Professional Divisions, Touro College

"Fracking & Health," on June 14, 2019, by Erica Powers, Esq.

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

West Must Develop a Wildfire Ethic to Survive

The San Francisco Chronicle published my op-ed on wildfire in the West last Friday.  A link to the op-ed is here.





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Monday, December 3, 2018

Dec 6: Pace Land Use Law Center's annual Alfred B. DelBello Land Use & Sustainable Development Conference

The Pace Land Use Law Center’s annual Alfred B. DelBello Land Use & Sustainable Development Conference is a significant educational event in the region, with more than 250 attorneys, business professionals, and local leaders learning about national, regional, and local challenges and innovations. This year’s theme: Sustainable Development as a Market Driver. Join us on Thursday, December 6th to discuss the challenges local governments in the New York Metropolitan area face when it comes to developing new ways to plan, regulate, and design communities. This year’s conference will focus on comprehensive and area planning, zoning for downtown redevelopment, sign regulations, SEQRA, and so much more. CLE, CM, and AIA credits available.


Opening Keynote

Christopher B. Leinberger, Metropolitan Land Strategist

Christopher B. Leinberger is a land use strategist, professor, real estate developer, researcher, speaker and author, who balances business realities with social and environmental concerns. Mr. Leinberger is the:

Read Mr. Leinberger's full bio

Lunch Keynote

Sam Schwartz, PE, President, and CEO of Sam Schwartz Consulting, LLC

Mr. Schwartz is President, and CEO of Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants a firm that specializes in transportation planning and engineering. In addition to his 1982 to 1986 post as Traffic Commissioner at the New York City Department of Transportation, he has served as an adjunct professor of engineering at Cooper Union, Long Island University, and Brooklyn College. Mr. Schwartz is also the Inaugural Ted Kheel Fellow at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute. Among the many roles he has held throughout his career, he is the acclaimed author of Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and The Fall of Cars, and No One at the Wheel: Driverless Cars and the Road of the Future (2018). He also pens the “Gridlock Sam” and “Transit Sam” columns in the New York Daily News and Downtown Express.

Mr. Schwartz serves on the board of the Regional Plan Association, the Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. His accomplishments over the course of his career have been recognized with a wide array of awards, including, most recently, Transportation Alternatives’ David Gurin Award, Riders Alliance Honoree, the NYC Zoning Advisory Council Honor Award, and the AAA Traffic Safety Award.


Planning Ethics (for Professional Planners)

Ethics in Land Use: Guiding Principles for Attorneys and Land Use Board Members

Capturing Smart Growth: The Planning Net

The New (and Old) Secrets About SEQRA

Pipes, Pumps & Plants: Developing Infrastructure to Grow Communities

The Local Role in State Climate Goals

A Sign (Code) of the Times

Capturing Smart Growth: The Regulatory Net

Case Law Updates: Recent Developments in Land Use Law


On Wednesday evening, December 5th, 2018, the Center will host a pre-conference dinner and networking event. Please join the Land Use Law Center for this special event as we honor Richard L. O’Rourke, Esq., with this year’s Founder’s Award and Noelle C. Wolfson with our first Distinguished Young Attorney Award.  The award will be presented at a Dinner and Award Ceremony at The Mansion on Broadway in White Plains at 6:00 pm.



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