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Legally Enabling a Modern-Day Mayberry: A Legal Analysis of Form-Based Zoning Codes

Form-based zoning codes are a new visionary approach to comprehensive land use regulation that are transforming the built environment. Discussing form-based codes requires delving into both law and city planning, fields that go hand in hand. This paper analyzes that relationship to investigate the legal issues implicated in using form-based codes. Specifically, this paper has the goal of answering the following questions: Are form-based codes within the legal authority of most U.S. jurisdictions? If so, how may they operate in light of the multitude of legal issues surrounding land use and property? And most importantly, do form-based codes’ fixation on design and form pose legal difficulties not faced by conventional zoning that overrule the normative benefits of form-based codes?

Roundtable Conference with Enforcement Officials

Agency heads from the European Commission, Mexico, Australia, and the United States, along with the Chair of the Multistate Antitrust Task Force of the National Association of Attorneys General, provide enforcement updates from their respective organizations. Topics discussed include enforcement in technology/e-commerce, health care and financial markets, enforcement standards based on principles of fairness and public interest, the potential for agency guidance on vertical mergers, and current activity around cartel leniency programs.