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College of Law

Land Use

Course Number: 6890
Professor: Alan Romero
Credit Hours & Type of Credit: 3
Semester Offered: Fall
Required: No
Prerequisites: Students must have completed their first year of law school.
Recommended Courses: None

Course Overview: Land Use deals generally with public regulation of how land is used. Specifically, the course first covers the constitutional law related to land use regulation, including substantive due process, takings, equal protection, freedom of religion, and freedom of speech. The course then examines zoning, subdivision regulation, building codes, and aesthetic controls; local financing issues related to land use such as special assessments and development exactions; and the government's eminent domain power.

Course Materials: See the current Book List located under Courses and Curriculum. ROBERT C. ELLICKSON ET AL., LAND USE CONTROLS: CASES AND MATERIALS (4th ed. 2013).
Course Format: Lecture and class discussion.
Written Assignments: Mid-term take-home essay and final research paper
Type of Exam: None
Basis for Grading Student Performance: Written assignments and class participation
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