Land Use Law and Disability: Planning and Zoning for Accessible Communities

Join attorneys, planners, municipal officials and legal scholars for a lively and informative discussion on Planning and Zoning for Accessible Communities at Touro Law Center on Friday, March 27th. Last month’s event sold out — so register early to ensure a seat!

Touro Law’s Institute for Land Use & Sustainable Development Law is pleased to announce the second continuing education event in its new monthly series Bagels with the Boards. The March 27th CLE on Planning and Zoning for Accessible Communities is cosponsored with Touro Law’s Aging & Longevity Law Institute, the American Planning Association NY Metro Chapter, and numerous other bar and community organizations, and the event would not be possible without the generous financial support of Farrell Fritz PC or the tremendous hard work of the Institute’s advisory board.

Please forward this announcement to those in your network who may be interested.

Land Use Law and Disability: Planning and Zoning for Accessible Communities

  • Fri., Mar. 27
  • Bagels and coffee from 8:30-9:00 am
  • CLE from 9-10 am
  • 1 CLE credit (Professional Practice)
  • 1.0 AICP-CM Law credit (certification pending)
by Robin Paul Malloy, E.I. White Chair and Distinguished Professor of Law at Syracuse University

In this continuing education program, Robin Paul Malloy explains that our communities need better planning to be safely and easily navigated by people with mobility impairment and to facilitate intergenerational aging in place. Although much has been written about the civil rights of people with disabilities, little has been said about the interplay between disability and land use regulation. In this program, disability will be addressed from the perspective of the police power and the authority of local government to regulate land use.  Discussion will focus on planning issues related to coordinating land uses in order to facilitate safe and easy navigation of the built environment by people of all ages and abilities. It will also take a close look at emerging case law involving challenges to local zoning decisions based on the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), and related legislation. It is a mistake to believe that the ADA simply deals with design matters such as those related to “universal design.”  Regulation of design is akin to a building code — land use professionals need to be aware of compliance issues. At the same time, it is important to appreciate the implications of the ADA for land use decisions that involve use and not structural design guidelines. This program will explain some of the key factors to consider in dealing with land use regulation when ADA issues are involved.

Robin Paul Malloy is the author of numerous books and articles on real estate development and land use regulation. His most recent book is Land Use Law and Disability: Planning and Zoning for Accessible Communities (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

This event is hosted by Touro Law’s Institute for Land Use & Sustainable Development Law, and co-sponsored by Touro Law’s Institute for Aging & Longevity Law, the Long Island section of the APA Metro NY Chapter, the Municipal Law section of the New York State Bar Association, the New York Conference of Mayors & Municipal Officials, and the Association of Towns of the State of New York. Touro Law extends its deep appreciation to the Bagels with the Boards fiscal sponsor Farrell Fritz PC.

The cost for the program is $15 per person, including materials, and continental breakfast.

Click here for more information and here to register online. Space is limited.

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I hope to see you there!


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