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Land Use Controls: Cases and Materials

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Fourth Edition

Robert C. Ellickson, Yale Law School
Vicki L. Been, New York University Law School 
Roderick M. Hills, New York University Law School 
Christopher Serkin, Vanderbilt Law School

2013.  984 pages.  ISBN: 978-1-4548-1008-7.

With Teacherís Manual.

About the Book

Distinguished authorship characterizes Land Use Controls: Cases and Materials. Robert Ellickson is Professor of Law at Yale and author of several books and many law review articles dealing with land development and property. Vicki Been is Professor of Law at NYU and a highly respected scholar and authority on the takings clause, impact fees, and environmental justice. Their interdisciplinary approach weaves historical, social, and economic perspectives through broad legal coverage. Concise but comprehensive treatment of the legal issues in the private and public regulation of land development includes advanced topics such as environmental justice, building codes and subdivision regulations, and the federal role in urban development. A thematic framework illuminates the connections among multiple topics under land law and gives attention to the factual and political context of the cases and aftermath of decisions. Dynamic pedagogy features original introductory text, cases, notes, excerpts from law review articles, and visual aids (maps, charts, graphs) throughout.

Joining the team for the Fourth Edition are Roderick M. Hills (New York University) and Christopher Serkin (Vanderbilt), whose publications have appeared in many leading law reviews, including the Columbia Law Review and the Harvard Law Review. The Fourth Edition introduces new material on sustainable development as well as a new focus on the mechanics of modern zoning regulations. Post-Kelo eminent domain reform efforts are discussed, as are cutting-edge topics like non-cumulative zoning, tax increment financing, RLUIPA, Oregon's ongoing land use battles, controversies arising out of the housing market collapse in 2008, and more. Recent constitutional rulings are covered, including treatments of judicial takings, failed exactions, and the Dormant Commerce Clause. A comprehensive Teacherís Manual carries explanations and teaching suggestions.

Hallmark features of Land Use Controls: Cases and Materials:

  • distinguished authorship:
  • Robert Ellickson: Professor of Law at Yale and author of numerous books and law review articles dealing with land development and property 
  • Vicki Been: Professor of Law at NYU and a highly respected scholar and authority on the takings clause, impact fees, and environmental justice 
  • interdisciplinary approach: historical, social, and economic perspectives in broad legal coverage
  • concise but comprehensive treatment of legal issues in private and public regulation of land development
  • includes advanced topics: 
  • environmental justice
  • building codes and subdivision regulations 
  • the federal role in urban development
  • thematic framework 
  • illuminates the connections among the multiple topics under land law 
  • gives attention to factual and political context of cases and aftermath of decisions
  • dynamic pedagogy
  • original introductory text 
  • cases and notes 
  • excerpts from law review articles 
  • visual aids, including maps, charts, and graphs 

Thoroughly updated, the revised Fourth Edition presents:

  • two new co-authors: Roderick M. Hills, Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and author of numerous law review articles, focusing on local government law and issues of federalism; and Christopher Serkin, Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School and author of numerous law review articles, focusing on local governments, eminent domain, and the takings clause 
  • robust Teacher's Manual
  • focuses on local governments, eminent domain, and the takings clause 
  • author of numerous law review articles
  • new material on sustainable development
  • new focus on the mechanics of modern zoning regulations
  • Post-Kelo eminent domain reform efforts
  • expanded comparisons with foreign law
  • updated notes, with recent cases, law review literature, and empirical studies
  • comprehensive Teacherís Manual, with explanations and teaching suggestions