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Summer 2007 Newsletter

Helping Communities Achieve Their Sustainable Future A quarterly newsletter of the Land Use Law Center
Summer 2007


Upcoming Events


The Real Estate Law Institute


Pace University School of Law


In Partnership with


Robinson & Cole LLP


Lowe Enterprises




Dynamic Places Workshop – Redevelopment Successes

Explaining how complex urban revitalization projects work


The StamfordStory



Thursday, October 11, 2007

7:45 am - 10:00 am



University School of Law

Moot Courtroom – Gerber-Glass Building

78 North Broadway, White Plains , New York 10603


Industry leaders and their lawyers will learn why developers find Stamford a hospitable city to work with and how they secure the city's support. The Tresser Square Project near the downtown train station will be used as a prototype to demonstrate how the complex problems of urban revitalization are solved.  Among the innovative aspects of the project are the identification of a unique site, the land use regulations that permitted the mixed-use development,  the various forms of ownership involved, the provision of affordable housing, the connection with the train station and its impact on marketing, various financial incentives secured, and the successful involvement of various levels of government.


For more information see our brochure

or contact Ann Marie McCoy at or (914) 422-4262.






The Land Use Law Center


Pace University School of Law




In Partnership with


Collins Enterprises LLC


 The Urban Land Institute Westchester/Fairfield




Climate Change, Land Use, and Transportation Planning

Dealing with global warming and traffic congestion through land use law reform



Thursday, November 15, 2007

8:30am - 1:00 pm




One Larkin Center, Yonkers, New York 10701


Climate change is on the mind of many following the convincing reports this year by the International Panel on Climate Change.  Several of the most effective strategies for reducing carbon emissions can be carried out through changes in land use laws that create more transportation efficient development patterns.  Join us for a half-day conference designed to discover and disclose all workable strategies for using land use law reform and other initiatives to create more transportation efficient development throughout the NY metropolitan area.  Experts from the national, regional, and local level will present on successful models for transportation efficient development. Brochure to follow with more information.


For more information see our brochure

or contact Ann Marie McCoy at or (914) 422-4262.





Zoning, Transportation, and Climate Change

John R. Nolon and Jessica A. Bacher

Written for publication in the Real Estate Law Journal.


This article explores the relationship among zoning, transportation planning, and climate change.  It discusses the relationship between land use densities and transportation choices, reviews the trend toward transit oriented development in higher density communities and transportation efficient development in lower density areas, presents several case studies where land use and transportation planning are beginning to intersect, and ends with a strategic approach for communities to consider.


To read more, click here.


Gaining Ground Database Resources:

The Gaining Ground Information Database ( is an on-line database that contains information about the methods used by governments to control the use of land in the public interest.  It includes federal, state, and local laws and regulations, commentaries, research papers, and a variety of research aids.

To view a sample local wetlands ordinance, please perform the following search:

Go to the Gaining Ground Database at   Use the Advanced Search option located on the menu on the right-hand side of the webpage.   After selecting this option, enter the word “wetlands” into the “description” field on the top half of the page.  If you wish to narrow the search to laws, or to resources from a particular jurisdiction, use the “limits” located on the bottom half of the page.   For example, limit the search by selecting “laws” from the resource type options on the bottom half of the advanced search page, “municipality” from the jurisdiction options, and “ New York ” from the state options.   Scroll through the results and find a draft wetlands law as well as numerous other examples of wetlands laws from municipalities within the state.

We would like to thank the Westchester Community Foundation and the Department of Environmental Conservation for their support of the database. Thanks to their contributions, the Land Use Law Center has been able to significantly increase the number of water-quality related ordinances contained within the database, and continues to add more resources on a daily basis. Please check back frequently for updates.

Items of Interest

New Publication!


Losing Ground: A Nation on Edge

Edited by Professors John R. Nolon and Daniel B. Rodriguez


Losing Ground: A Nation on Edge calls attention to the emerging issues involved in building on the edge of vulnerable places, explores why we do this, and proposes ways to mitigate its impact. This volume contains creative thinking and informative analysis about new approaches to ecosystem management and environmental regulation that localities and states can implement to protect the environment, society, and property rights. This book proudly joins ELI’s Ground Suite—the critically acclaimed suite of books on land use and environmental law by Professor John Nolon.


For more information or to place an order, click here.

Next Issue

We would like to thank all those who participated and wrote pieces for the Winter newsletter. We would again like to solicit case studies from municipal officials and local leaders in the region.  Case studies can be modeled after ones contained in previous issue, or, if preferred, we can write the case study based upon an interview.  All summaries must be submitted by February 23rd for the February newsletter. Please contact us at if you are interested.

Additionally, if you have any items of interest, including upcoming events or conferences, that you would like included in the next newsletter, please contact us at  Please provide a short summary of the event, along with any links to pertinent websites or materials, to be posted with the announcement.

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