Land Use Regulation (3 credits)

This course will explore the many legal issues that arise when homeowners, renters, and/or developers propose various activities on property, from constructing multi-unit buildings to placing a swing set in a backyard or owning fourteen dogs.   We will begin with a discussion of the various land use regulatory tools, including traditional “Euclidean” zoning and more innovative techniques, and we will explore the processes used to apply these tools.  We will then explore in depth the constitutional and statutory issues that arise as a result of the application of these tools.  About half way through the course, I will walk you through a real land use case to show you the many steps of a zoning dispute—many of which do not involve litigation.  Although most of our discussion will revolve around local land use regulation and legal challenges to this regulation, we will also briefly explore state and regional land use controls. Prerequisites: None