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The Land Use Law Center’s 12th Annual
Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference

This year’s annual Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference discusses the challenges communities in the New York Metropolitan area face because of natural disasters, a changing climate, new demographics and technologies, and inequitable living conditions. Leaders are emerging who, with their professional advisors, are creating new strategies for community resiliency in the face of economic, social, and environmental change. They are Leading Communities Toward a Resilient Future. We invite you to attend to learn about the flexible tools, models, and policies that strengthen communities to build equitable, environmentally sustainable, and economically prosperous places for people.

The Center’s annual conference is a significant educational event in the region, with more than 200 attorneys, business professionals, and local leaders in attendance to learn about national, regional, and local innovations, challenges, and best practices. Session topics include coastal redevelopment, flood plain regulation, complete streets, hydrofracking, urban revitalization, solar panel permitting, green infrastructure, urban agriculture, property rights, and form based infill development. Dynamic sessions will describe how to facilitate and remove barriers to carrying out the strategies presented. The day-long event also will feature paradigm-shifting keynote and luncheon speakers, including Majora Carter, Urban Revitalization Strategist, Majora Carter Group LLC and Stephen Hardy, Chief Community Builder from MindMixer and former planner on the City of Greensburg, Kansas award winning Sustainable Comprehensive Plan - winner of the American Planning Association's 2009 Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan.

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

When: December 6, 2013 - 8:30am - 4:45pm
Where: The New York State Judicial Institute at Pace Law School

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12th Annual Richard E. Nelson Symposium
University of Florida, Levin College of Law

The Land Use Law Center's John R. Nolon will speak on the problems confronted by local governments as they attempt to regulate hydraulic fracturing in their communities.  The 2013 Nelson Symposium explores the issue of federal and state preemption of local authority with regard to a number of critical issues. The Nelson Symposium is attended by local government practitioners from around the state, land use attorneys, University of Florida law school faculty, and students. Professor Nolon is the guest of University of Florida Levin Law School Professor Michael Allan Wolf, who participated in the Land Use Law Center’s inaugural symposium on the Advent of Local Environmental Law in 2001.

When: February 8, 2013
Where: University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Gainesville, Florida

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The Land Use Law Center’s 11th Annual
Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference

The Center’s annual conference is a significant educational event in the region, with more than 200 attorneys, business professionals, and local leaders in attendance to learn about national, regional, and local innovations, challenges, and best practices.  This year's theme is Places for People: Strategies and Funding for Sustainable Communities.

Guided by a conference advisory board featuring national leaders in land use and development, this year’s conference program will showcase new techniques and strategies that build places for people in a rapidly changing job, commerce, and housing market. Faced with shrinking budgets, high unemployment, unpredictable oil prices, climate change impacts, and more, communities and land use professionals must find creative ways to change the way we live and work to set the stage for a more vibrant, prosperous future. Designing communities with people and new market conditions in mind will move us toward a cleaner environment, a more resilient economy, and improved neighborhood livability. People want more lively and sustainable neighborhoods, and government policy and funding programs are responding, as are private market developers and lenders.

Highlighting examples from the New York region and beyond, conference sessions will demonstrate how local leaders and developers have increased transportation choices, created more pedestrian-focused environments, provided fair and affordable housing, made infill development a reality, removed barriers to energy efficiency, financed mixed-use development, and set aside critical lands for open space and farmland preservation. These dynamic sessions will describe how to facilitate and remove barriers to these types of development. The day-long event also will feature paradigm-shifting keynote and luncheon speakers, including Victor Dover, FAICP, LEED-AP, CNU-Accredited, Principal at Dover, Kohl & Partners and Dr. Arthur C. Nelson, FAICP, Presidential Professor of City & Metropolitan Planning in the College of Architecture + Planning at the University of Utah and the Director of the Metropolitan Research Center.

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

When: December 7, 2012 - 8:00am - 5:15pm
Where: The New York State Judicial Institute at Pace Law School

For additional information please visit our conference page.
 


Case Western Reserve Law Review Annual Symposium

"The Law and Policy of Hydraulic Fracturing: Addressing the Issues of the Natural Gas Boom"

The Land Use Law Center’s John R. Nolon will present on his forthcoming paper on hydrofracking at Case Western Reserve Law Review’s Annual Symposium.   The symposium will address the variety of legal issues associated with the natural gas boom and the expanding practice of hydraulic fracturing. Areas of discussion for the symposium include: the division of authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing between the Federal, state, and local governments; the potential validity and impact of private actions that may arise from adverse environmental consequences of hydraulic fracturing and the underground activities associated with the practice when they expand horizontally across property lines; the debate over conditional use zoning and permitted use zoning; the potential tax implications of the expanding practice; and claims concerning the ownership rights to underground deposits. 

When: November 16, 2012

Where: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

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Advanced Energy Conference 2012
Hosted by the Advanced Energy Research & Technology Center

The Land Use Law Center’s John R. Nolon will present on land use and transportation at the upcoming Advanced Energy Conference 2012. The Conference pulls together a number of energy-related organizations and institutions for a statewide conference, organized by the Advanced Energy Research and technology Center (AERTC).  It will be a magnet event for leading researchers, government officials and legislators, electric utility programs, R&D and engineering personnel, policy makers, and environmentalists, along with leaders from the business, education, and not-for-profit sectors. The educational program will comprise a comprehensive offering of tracks and sessions that extend across all the partner conferences, and feature topic experts and thought leaders from every area of the energy industry. Professor Nolon will be discussing the LULC’s work on the IPCC and LEED-ND, among other topics.
 
When: October 30 - 31, 2012
Where: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York
 
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Mid-Hudson Regional Sustainability Plan Public Meeting

Please join the Mid-Hudson Sustainability Planning Consortium for an evening of presentations and discussion on this unprecedented initiative.  Your ideas and insights will help define the path to sustainable development in the Mid-Hudson region! 

The Mid-Hudson Regional Sustainability Plan, as part of the Cleaner, Greener, Communities Program, looks to utilize the combined knowledge of stakeholders in the seven counties of the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council Region to create a plan that will lead to a more sustainable region. At this meeting, leaders of the project will brief you on this innovative initiative. The Mid-Hudson Sustainability Planning Consortium has launched a regional sustainability planning process as part of phase one of the Cleaner, Greener Communities program announced by Governor Cuomo in 2011. The Program empowers regions to create more sustainable communities by funding smart development practices. Planning teams are partnering with public and private experts across a wide range of­elds, along with community residents, to lead the development of regional sustainability plans and to implement projects that will signi­cantly improve the economic and environmental health of their areas. The plan will guide integrated, sustainable solutions—from statewide investments to regional decision-making on land use, housing, transportation, infrastructure, energy, and environmental practices—to improve our quality of life.

When: Monday, July 30, 2012, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Where: SUNY Orange Newburgh Campus- Kaplan Hall, The Great Room

 


Land Use Leadership Alliance Training Program

Short Course

The Land Use Law Center trainers are pleased to announce the Land Use Leadership Alliance Training Program Short Course. This course is designed for local leaders who have expressed an interest in attending the Land Use Leadership Alliance Training Program, but who have been unable to attend in the past.

The training program is structured to significantly benefit board members, citizen/advisory committee members, and planners, among other local leaders in developing and reinforcing their local land use decision-making skills and by providing them with strategic tools needed to address local land use issues of critical importance. The training program will also offer local officials and leaders a rare opportunity to discuss the land use issues they are facing in their communities with peers and experienced professionals.

Friday, June 15, 2012
This day will provide a basic introduction to the land use system, including the roles and procedures of the boards and an overview of collaborative decision-making. Trainers will use a hypothetical project for discussion purposes. In addition, trainers will discuss a variety of innovative land use techniques participants can use that both preserve natural resources and promote development in appropriate places.

CLE Credits: 6.5 Skills

CM Approved Credits:

CM I MULTI 5.50

For additional information view the APA CM calendar at https://www.planning.org/cm/search/event.htm?EventID=20632.

CM Event Log Instructions.

 

Saturday, June 16, 2012
This day will provide in-depth information regarding numerous land use topics of interest to participants. Trainers will discuss comprehensive planning and zoning, including how to engage participants effectively in the process. Other topics include: environmental protection tools and techniques, SEQRA and streamlining the development process, transit-oriented development, sea level rise, neighborhood development and LEED-ND, green building, and the basics of facilitation and public engagement.

CLE Credits: 6.5 Skills

CM Approved Credits:

CM I MULTI 5.75         L 0.75

For additional information view the APA CM calendar at https://www.planning.org/cm/search/event.htm?EventID=20638.

CM Event Log Instructions.

 

Participants may elect to attend one or both days. Please follow the link to view the proposed agenda.

When: June 15 and June 16, 2012
Where: Pace University School of Law, White Plains, NY
Registration Fee: $100 per day. (For attorneys requesting CLE credits there will be an additional charge of $75 per day.)

To register please complete and return the registration form.

 

 


 

Land Use Leadership Alliance Training Program

The LULC are pleased to announce an upcoming Land Use Leadership Alliance (LULA) Training Program this spring supported by the Westchester Community Foundation. Conducted by the Land Use Law Center of Pace University, this program is intended for local leaders involved in the Northern Westchester Energy Action Consortium (NWEAC) and Southern Westchester Energy Action Consortium (SWEAC) who have a commitment to sustainable growth and land use and who are interested in learning how communities can respond to local and regional needs.

NWEAC and SWEAC’s mission is to collaborate effectively with its members to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, increase energy efficiency in communities, increase economic and sustainable development activity, and align local efforts with county, state, and federal initiatives. This LULA program will build upon the successful efforts of these organizations and focus on bringing land use and sustainable growth tools and techniques to interested individuals to assist them in the development of strategic plans for their community. It will help participants create new networks of support, identify successful sustainability techniques, and develop implementable local strategies.

When: April 23, May 7, May 21, and June 4, 2012
Where: Pace University School of Law, White Plains, NY

Supported by a grant from the Westchester Community Foundation