Zoning’s Centennial: A Series by John R. Nolon

In the U.S., the use of the land is governed primarily by 40,000 local governments, whose legal authority comes from enabling acts adopted by the 50 state legislatures. Zoning, broadly defined, is the primary tool we use to determine the quality and quantity of what is developed and what is conserved on the American landscape. 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the creation of zoning. It was the topic of the Land Use Law Center’s annual land use conference in December; what we learned from that conference and our 23 years of experience with zoning will be explored in a number of posts in the Land Use Prof Blog as the year progresses.  The first post can be found here: http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/land_use/2016/01/zonings-centennial-part-1-a-series-by-john-r-nolon.html

Post by John R. Nolon
Distinguished Professor of Law, Pace University School of Law Counsel, Land Use Law Center
Adjunct Professor for Land Use Law and Policy, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies


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