Advanced Land Use

About this Course

Land use development and management practices can have significant impacts on the conservation of biodiversity, yet land use is not systematically regulated to address those impacts.  Instead, a mosaic of intersecting legal institutions regulate private land use through federal laws (e.g. the Endangered Species Act, wetlands regulation under the Clean Water Act) state laws (e.g., growth management systems, environmental impact assessment requirements) local regulation (e.g. general plans, subdivision regulations, zoning ordinances) and private actions (e.g. conservation easements).  This writing seminar examines the intersection of advanced forms of land use regulation in the context of an in-depth student investigation of a significant biodiversity conservation challenge.  Reading focuses on (1) the relationship between local, state, and federal regulation, and (2) the relationship between public regulation and private means of conserving biodiversity.  Each student will select a case study of a conservation effort involving land use that involves multiple regulatory actors and multiple laws.  Students will review regulatory and easement documents, interview regulators, community participants and developers, produce a written case-study, and prepare present the case to the class.

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Environmental Law