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Municipal Land Use Regulation: Challenging Historic Notions of the Public's Best Interests and Zoning Changes

Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Thursday, June 30, 2022

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This CLE webinar will explore provocative and novel issues facing cities or counties hoping to change often-Byzantine land use laws on critical subjects, best strategies for developers seeking to change zoning or obtain variances, and strategies and tools for those who wish to protect existing zoning and regulatory schemes.


Regulating land use--an essential tool to meet a community's goals--must always balance property rights against protecting the public's health, safety, and welfare.

Historical notions of what is in the public interest and how far land development can be regulated are challenged. One of the most controversial is the elimination of single-family zoning to solve a wide range of perceived societal ills.

The ability of owners to change how they use their land or deviate from zoning or other restrictions requires counsel to understand the local jurisdiction's rules and regulations. There are tried and true approaches and consequences to changing zoning or obtaining variances.

Listen as this experienced panel of attorneys reviews the most pressing challenges in land use regulation and best strategies for amending or preserving existing zoning and regulation.



  1. Overview of municipal land use law
  2. Zoning and related tools
  3. Land use approval process and strategies for changing zoning
  4. Novel subjects for regulation by municipalities
    1. Personal transportation
    2. Affordability of housing, density, homeless housing
    3. Environmental and sustainability initiatives
    4. Eminent domain and takings
  5. Challenges to board decisions and zoning ordinances


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What are the most pressing issues in land use regulation for local government, and which techniques are most effective for addressing these issues?
  • What federal laws and regulations most affect land use decisions? And on which topics?
  • Are ordinances passed without in-person meetings valid?
  • What are best strategies for those seeking to change zoning or seek variances?


Barshov, Steven
Steven Barshov

Sive Paget & Riesel

Mr. Barshov’s areas of specialization include land use law, environmental law, local government law, real estate,...  |  Read More

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