Professors' Corner - State Control of Local Land Use Regulation
Recorded on May 10, 2022
A discussion led by Ezra Rosser, Washington College of Law, American University; Ed Sullivan, Lewis & Clark Law School; and Sarah Adams-Schoen
Local land use decisions are driven as much by politics as by community needs, sometimes leading to decisions that operate to harm, rather than improve the general welfare. At the core of this political land use regime is access to affordable housing. This issue, along with the concerns about equitable development and the imperatives of climate change are prompting renewed interest in the quiet revolution in land use law. The panelists will discuss some of the reasons and obstacles for state control of local land use in a variety of contexts.