Land Use Law

Professor: 
Wendell Pritchett
School: 
PennLaw
Department: 
LAW
Course Code: 
695
Topic: 
Policy

This course explores the relatively young and evolving field of land use law, seeking to understand the theoretical basis for such regulation, the effects (intended, unintended or perhaps unconsciously intended) of such regulation and the practicalities of land use and development within the legal framework. Among the major issues this course will examine are: the law of zoning, the constitutional constraints on land use regulation, and the establishment and enforcement of subdivision and land development controls, and other development regulations. The course will examine several current topics in land use regulation, including exclusionary zoning, environmental justice, smart growth, and historic preservation. Students will approach these questions from both theoretical and practical vantage points, and will be required to conduct research on how land use regulations are implemented in "real world" situations.