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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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.

Taking Aim at Takings Claims

Taking Aim at Takings Claims

Takings claims can create enormous potential liability for local governments. Respected land use lawyer and planner Dwight Merriam provides an overview of basic takings principles, and addresses questions planning commissioners often have.