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10th Annual Norman Williams Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Planning and the Law with Lee Ann Fennell

April 9th, 2014
5:45pm
Jonathon B. Chase Community Center,
Vermont Law School

This lecture is now available to view on the VLS YouTube channel.

This event is co-sponsored by the American Planning Association Northern New England Chapter.

“Co-location, Co-location, Co-location: Land Use and Housing Priorities Reimagined”

Lee Ann Fennell, Max Pam Professor of Law and Herbert and Marjorie Fried Research Scholar at the University of Chicago Law School

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Lee Anne Fennell’s talk, titled “Co-location, Co-location, Co-location: Land Use and Housing Priorities Reimagined” explores how, when it comes to housing, what matters most is not geographic location alone, but rather proximity to other land uses and land users—that is, co-location. Fennell will examine how taking the idea of co-location seriously could advance housing policy and transform our understanding of land use possibilities and priorities.

 

ABOUT THE WILLIAMS LECTURE

Norman Williams came to Vermont Law School in 1975, after a long and distinguished career in public service and teaching, particularly in the area of land use planning. Professor Williams played a key role in founding Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center. The Norman Williams Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Planning and the Law series is a gift of Frances Yates, trustee of Vermont Law School, in memory of both Norman Williams and Anya '94 and Charles Yates '93. The lecture is hosted by Vermont Law School's Land Use Institute.

 

Past Events


Vicki Been

9th Annual Norman Williams Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Planning and the Law with Robert L. Liberty

February 07, 2013
5:30 p.m.

Jonathon B. Chase Community Center, Vermont Law School
This even is co-sponsored by the American Planning Association Northern New England Chapter

"Rising to the Land Use Challenge: How Planners and Regulators Can Help Sustain Our Civilization"

Robert L. Liberty, Director of the Urban Sustainability Accelerator at Portland State University

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Robert L. Liberty's talk, titled "Rising to the Land Use Challenge: How Planners and Regulators Can Help Sustain Our Civilization," will address global climate change as only one of the multiplying signs that global civilization is threatened by humans' destruction of the natural systems that support us. "In this country many land use planners have the training, skills and knowledge to challenge the prevailing orthodoxy, to restate the necessity of the regulation of the use of land and to play a leadership role in preparing our nation and our world for the changes that we must make to sustain our civilization," he says.


About the Williams Lecture

Norman Williams came to Vermont Law School in 1975, after a long and distinguished career in public service and teaching, particularly in the area of land use planning. Professor Williams played a key role in founding Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center. The Norman Williams Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Planning and the Law series is a gift of Frances Yates, trustee of Vermont Law School, in memory of both Norman Williams and Anya '94 and Charles Yates '93. The lecture is hosted by Vermont Law School's Land Use Institute.

Vicki Been8th Annual Norman Williams Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Planning and the Law with Vicki L. Been

Thursday, February 2, 2012, 5:30 p.m.

Jonathon B. Chase Community Center, Vermont Law School


“Explaining the Motivations Behind Land Use Regulation: New York City’s Rezonings of Almost One Quarter of Its Land”

Vicki L. Been, Boxer Family Professor of Law, New York University School of Law, and Director of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy

About the Williams Lecture

Norman Williams came to Vermont Law School in 1975, after a long and distinguished career in public service and teaching, particularly in the area of land use planning. Professor Williams played a key role in founding Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center. The Norman Williams Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Planning and the Law series is a gift of Frances Yates, trustee of Vermont Law School, in memory of both Norman Williams and Anya '94 and Charles Yates '93. The lecture is hosted by Vermont Law School's Land Use Institute.


Brown to Green 2011

Redeveloping Brownfields in the Green Mountain State

Chase Community Center, Vermont Law School
June 23, 2011

Register Online

About the Conference:

This conference will provide developers and their professional advisors with tools for identifying,transacting, and successfully redeveloping brownfields in Vermont. Panelists include private practitioners, law school professors, government attorneys, and program personnel from federal, state, and regional brownfields programs. Beginning with a case study of a commercial real estate transaction, sessions will guide participants through the transaction and site preparation process. Emphasis will be placed on the state and federal regulatory framework, practical risk management vehicles, environmental investigation, and utilization of financial and technical assistance programs.

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Vermont-McGill Joint Cross-border Sustainability Conference

June 10-12, 2011 at The McGill Faculty of Law

 

Environmental sustainability issues are at the top of the U.S. and Canadian policy agendas. Vermont Law School and the McGill Faculty of Law are pleased to announce an interdisciplinary and comparative workshop on the challenges posed by sub-national, national, and international attempts to achieve environmental sustainability objectives in the face of growing climate change concerns. The conference theme is intentionally open-ended, as the primary objectives of the workshop are (1) to facilitate interactions among scholars working in a range of disciplines and on variety of topics related to sustainability issues, (2) to provide a forum for scholars to present works in progress and (3) to build institutional ties among the participating institutions.

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Bill McKibben7th Annual Norman Williams Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Planning and the Law with Bill McKibben

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 5:30 p.m.

Jonathon B. Chase Community Center, Vermont Law School

“The Most Important Number in the World”
Bill McKibben, Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and Founder of 350.org

350 ppm is, as scientists say, the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. McKibben will talk about the current state of climate science and politics and about the growing grassroots movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis. The author of dozens of books about the environment, including The End of Nature (1989), McKibben writes regularly for The New York Review of Books, National Geographic, Harper’s, and a wide variety of national and international publications. He lives in Ripton, Vermont, with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

About the Williams Lecture

Norman Williams came to Vermont Law School in 1975, after a long and distinguished career in public service and teaching, particularly in the area of land use planning. Professor Williams played a key role in founding Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center. The Norman Williams Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Planning and the Law series is a gift of Frances Yates, trustee of Vermont Law School, in memory of both Norman Williams and Anya '94 and Charles Yates '93. The lecture is hosted by Vermont Law School's Land Use Institute.


Superior Court Environmental Division: Past, Present, and Future on the Occasion of its 20th Anniversary

November 9, 2010, 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm


Chase Center, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT

The Environmental Law Section of the Vermont Bar Association and Vermont Law School's Land Use Institute present Superior Court Environmental Division: Past, Present, and Future on the Occasion of Its 20th Anniversary. Panel discussions include: The Evolution of the Court and Its Practices: What Has Worked and What Can Be Improved 1990-2010; and Procedural Rules for the Environmental Division, Recent Changes & Electronic Filings.
To learn more about panel discussion topics or to register on-line, please visit the Vermont Bar Association website. Vermont MCLE credits available.


Peanut Butter and JAM: Making Local Regulations Stick After the JAM Golf, LLC, Decision
Vermont Planners Association (VPA) Annual Spring Workshop

April 23, 2010, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Chase Center, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT

Would your municipality’s land use regulations withstand a constitutional challenge?

Most of us were not even pondering this question before the VT Supreme Court's 2008 JAM Golf, LLC decision. The legal landscape continues to shift as a result of that decision. On April 23, come hear the experts give an update on the implications and the related cases that have followed the JAM Golf ruling. The legal update will be followed by a panel of planners and consultants with advice and commentary on how local regulations can be crafted and revised to avoid being tagged as "too vague to be enforceable." Have you taken a good hard look at the regulatory guidance and protections your community members count on? Do you even know where to start? Now is the time!
Download the brochure (.pdf)


Summer Retreat for Development Review Volunteers at Ohana Camp on Lake Fairlee in Thetford, Vermont

June 18-19, 2010

This event will focus on legal and technical training for volunteer, local land use decision-makers. Space will be limited to 40 attendees. This is an opportunity to reward individuals who have provided outstanding public service to their communities! Please contact Peg Elmer (pelmer@vermontlaw.edu or 802-831-1405 ) if you have individuals or spaces you would like to sponsor or if you would like to attend!
Download the brochure (.pdf)
View Workshop Details
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6th Annual Norman Williams Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Planning with Mary D. Nichols

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010- 4:00 p.m.

Jonathan B. Chase Community Center, Vermont Law School
"Sustainable Communities for a Sustainable State: California's Efforts to Curb Sprawl and Cut Emissions"
Mary Nichols, Chairman, California Air Resources Board

This lecture is free and open to the public.

About the Williams Lecture

Norman Williams came to Vermont Law School in 1975, after a long and distinguished career in public service and teaching, particularly in the area of land use planning. Professor Williams played a key role in founding Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center. The Norman Williams Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Planning and the Law series is a gift of Frances Yates, trustee of Vermont Law School, in memory of both Norman Williams and Anya '94 and Charles Yates '93. The lecture is hosted by Vermont Law School's Land Use Institute.


12th Annual Conference on Litigating Regulatory Takings Challenges Land Use and Environmental Regulations

Friday, November 6, 2009

This conference explores the regulatory takings issue as it relates to land use and environmental regulation. The conference brings together a diverse group of leading scholars and experienced practitioners to discuss the cutting edge issues raised by recent and pending court cases and new regulatory initiatives.
Click for more information and link to registration page.


Joint Water Law Workshop With McGill

October 24, 2009

The Land Use Institute hosted a joint “Workshop on Water” with the McGill Faculty of Law. The workshop gave VLS and McGill faculty members an opportunity to address the over-arching theme of “water” in the context of their scholarly interests. Five McGill faculty members and six VLS colleagues presented short papers or participated in discussion of a variety of cross-border topics as varied as pollution abatement, private law rules governing water usage, tax policy, and climate change. The papers will be posted online by the Vermont Law Review and VJEL and will be published in hard copy in the Law Review. The Workshop was an important step in a larger joint cross-border sustainability initiative that will continue to build on the two faculties’ respective strengths in environmental law, comparative law and sustainable development.
View Workshop Call for Papers (.pdf)
View Workshop Agenda (.pdf)
View Workshop presenters’ biographies (.pdf)
View McGill-VLS Joint Cross-border Sustainability Initiative Documents (.pdf)


Planning ImagePlanning Commissioners’ Summer Retreat

June 5-6, 2009

The Land Use Institute at Vermont Law School is calling for applications and nominations of individuals to attend a planning commissioners’ retreat. The retreat will be held at the Ohana Camp on Lake Fairlee from 3 pm on June 5 to 3 pm on June 6, 2009. Keynotes include Vermont Secretary of State Deb Markowitz and Vermont Law School land use law professors Tim Duane and Sean Nolon.
Download the brochure (.pdf)


JAM GOLF LLC. VS. CITY OF SOUTH BURLINGTON: LESSONS FOR VERMONT COMMUNITIES

March 20, 2009

Vermont Law School’s Land Use Institute, Vermont Natural Resources Council and Vermont Planners Association hosted a workshop for Vermont planners, land use attorneys & natural resource professionals.
View Workshop Agenda (.pdf)
View Workshop Notes (.pdf)
View Case Summary (.pdf)
Download Powerpoint presented by Steven Stitzel from Stitzel, Page & Fletcher, P.C. (.pdf)
Download Presentation by Sharon Murray, AICP from Front Porch Community Planning & Design (.pdf)


Joseph L. Sax 5th Annual Norman Williams Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Planning and the Law by Joseph L. Sax

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, - 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Jonathan B. Chase Community Center, Vermont Law School
"The Property Rights Sweepstakes: Has Anyone Held The Winning Ticket?"
Prof. Joseph L. Sax, James H. House & Hiram H. Hurd Professor of Environmental Regulation, Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley.
Read Joseph L. Sax's full biography (.pdf)

This lecture is free and open to the public.

About the Williams Lecture

Norman Williams came to Vermont Law School in 1975, after a long and distinguished career in public service and teaching, particularly in the area of land use planning. Professor Williams played a key role in founding Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center. The Norman Williams Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Planning and the Law series is a gift of Frances Yates, trustee of Vermont Law School, in memory of both Norman Williams and Anya '94 and Charles Yates '93. The lecture is hosted by Vermont Law School's Land Use Institute.

For more information about the 2009 Williams Lecture, please contact Jane D'Antonio at 80... or jdantonio@vermontlaw.edu


Food, Fuel, and the Future of Farming: Conference on Sustainable Agriculture

July 24 & 25, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public; please register online for one or both days. For more information, contact Jane D'Antonio at 80... or jdantonio@vermontlaw.edu.
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Inclusionary Housing and Planning Law Review

June 25, 2008, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Double feature—3 CM credits if you stay for both. The law review event is an annual highlight…really excellent. Contact: Peg Elmer pelmer@vermontlaw.edu, (8...


Brownfields Conference 2008

June 20, 2008, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This conference will provide developers and their professional advisors (attorneys, design professionals, planners, lenders, and others) with tools for identifying, transacting, and successfully redeveloping brownfields in Vermont.


Eminent Domain Takings Law: Federal and Northern New England Perspectives

June 13, 2008, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

This program will provide an overview of eminent domain powers, including sources in federal and state—Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine—law, a history of its exercise, and types of eminent domain actions. It will provide participants with a perspective on how to participate in eminent domain processes including appeals. This will all be put into the context of Kelo v. New London, and will include a discussion of how the three states have reacted to that case. The program will conclude also with a review of takings generally, including inverse condemnation.

The program will be presented live, jointly in person at the site and by telephone conference call. Participants will be provided with downloadable access to a PowerPoint presentation and substantial background reading material at least two weeks in advance of the program date. There will be an opportunity for participants to email questions in advance of the presentation as well as during the presentation for response by the speaker.

The program will be presented by attorney Benjamin Frost, AICP. Frost is the director of public affairs for the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority. He has been a professional planner for 20 years and an attorney practicing in New Hampshire for 13 years, specializing in land use law.

Workshop to be held in Bedford, N.H., for live presentation; remote viewings in Vermont and Maine TBD. Contact: Ben Frost, bfrost@nhhfa.org, (6...


Getting Prepared to Save Energy and Reduce Carbon in Your Community: Assessment Tools and Resources

May 30, 2008, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Pick from a series of four innovative training sessions offered to educate and advance community energy and greenhouse gas assessments!


The 2008 Norman Williams Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Planning and the Law

For Whom the Bell Tolls: Reflections on Eminent Domain, Constitutional Review, and Public Attitudes

by Professor Jerold S. Kayden, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Thursday, February 21, 2008, 4:30-6 PM
Chase Center, Vermont Law School

In 2005, the Supreme Court of the United States announced its Kelo v. City of New London decision upholding a city's exercise of the power of eminent domain to take a single-family house against the will of the owner to advance citywide economic development interests. The opinion triggered an outraged response from a wide spectrum of groups and individuals and raised deeper questions about how planners go about the business of urban development. What are these questions, and how might they best be addressed by those seeking to redevelop cities and towns around the nation?



Northeast Conference of Flood Hazards, Liabilities and Opportunities, October 15, 2007

This important conference, cosponsored by the Vermont DEC River Management Program, the Land Use Institute, the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, and the Two Rivers–Ottauquechee Regional Commission, provided municipal officials and attorneys with key information they need to understand flood hazards in Vermont and the liabilities associated with municipal and landowner actions. Flood hazard professionals and policymakers from the state, regional, and national levels shared their experiences and participated in discussions on how to advance opportunities for municipalities to minimize local costs and the liabilities associated with floods.


Affordability Covenants: The Policy and Practice of Keeping Affordable Housing Affordable, February 13, 2007

Public agencies and private nonprofits increasingly utilize restrictive affordability covenants to ensure that affordable housing will stay affordable to future generations and to maintain the long-term value and effectiveness of public or private investment in affordable housing. This conference introduced Vermont and New Hampshire lawyers, realtors, bankers, and affordable housing advocates to the diverse models of affordability covenants and provided the basic hands-on knowledge necessary to structure and navigate land transactions that involve affordability covenants. This event was cosponsored by LUI and the Upper Valley Housing Coalition.


3rd Annual Norman Williams Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Planning and the Law, February 8, 2007

Saving Nature in Time: The Rebirth of Environmentalism
William Cronon, University of Wisconsin, Madison


Vermont Upper Valley Citizen Planners’ Conference: Balancing Housing Needs with Community Character, April 8, 2006

Citizen planners and local experts engaged in a discussion on citizen input in the master planning process, planning for housing in town centers and financing for upgrades of existing housing. This event was cosponsored by LUI, the Upper Valley Housing Coalition, the League of Women Voters of the Upper Valley, and the Vermont Housing Finance Agency.


Vermont by Design: Next Steps, February 24, 2006

Conference Report PDF

"Vermont by Design: Next Steps" was a day-long conference to consider means of implementing Vermont by Design: Challenges and Recommendations on Improving the Structure of Planning in Vermont, the final report of the Vermont Council on Planning, issued in January 2006. Vermont by Design contains specific recommendations designed to further the goals of advancing governance, authority, and leadership in the planning system; improving coordination and collaboration in the planning process; expanding education and training; and addressing issues of growth and scale. At this conference, individuals from all sectors of Vermont's planning community, including the drafters of Vermont by Design, other experts, state and local government officials, and private consultants, met to assess and analyze the report and consider means of carrying out its recommendations.


2nd Annual Norman Williams Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Planning and the Law, February 9, 2006

"From a Darkling Plain to What?: The Regulatory Takings Issue in U.S. Law and Policy"
John Echeverria, Georgetown University Environmental Law and Policy Institute


1st Annual Norman Williams Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Planning and the Law, February 11, 2005

"Speaking (Vermont) Truth to (Washington) Power"
Richard O. Brooks, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School