Land Use Law

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An understanding of basic land use law principles is essential to the job of the planner — and planning commissioner.

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Vested Rights

What happens when a developer files for a building permit or submits a subdivision application — and the local government then changes its ordinance in a way that would prohibit the project as proposed? A look at the complex issue of “vested rights.”

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Hitting the Restart Button

With the start of an economic recovery in much of the country, developers in many communities face the question of how to restart projects that have lied fallow or failed as a result of the great recession. A look at some of the legal issues involved.

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A Question of Balance

Planner and Planning Commissioners Journal columnist Greg Dale explores the question of how to balance community needs and individual property rights.