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What is Land Use Law

A Beginner's Guide

Welcome to the Land Use Center’s Beginner’s Guide.  Here you’ll find all the basic information you need, whether you’re seeking a road map to the American legal system used to control the private use of the land, or perhaps wondering how a developer got permission to develop a new condominium in your community, or why a neighbor is allowed to add an addition to the house next door.  The guide is suitable for interested students at any level, for foreign guests interested in the basics, or anyone else wondering about how land use in this country is controlled.

There is a wealth of Land Use Law information on this site – from the scholarly “About Land Use Law: The Scholarship of Land Use Law” to the more historical narrative found in “The American Land Use System.”  Please browse through the other links on the main menu to find recommended books, ordinances, and training.

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