Land Use and the Law
Land use planning touches everyone. This session focused on the primary elements of land use planning law: 1) zoning, 2) comprehensive planning, and 3) eminent domain. The speakers described the history of Euclidean or "suburban" zoning and urban planning, and more recent trends in approaches to planning communities. They also discussed smart growth, transportation issues, and green building initiatives, and described inter-agency cooperation that led to holistic approaches to planning land, building, water, and infrastructure needs to reduce energy costs and climate change impacts.
Gus B. Bauman, Of Counsel, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
Sara C. Bronin, Associate Professor & Co-Director, Center for Energy & Environmental Law, University of Connecticut School of Law