On July 15-16, the American Bar Association’s State & Local Government Section will be sponsoring three upcoming webinars as part of its first ever Land Use, Planning & Development forum that may be of interest to our readers. Below are descriptions of the programs (click the links for more information on each program). Register for all three programs to receive a 20% discount.
Heirs Property, Legal Planning, and Social Justice
July 15, 2014 12:00-1:30 p.m. ET
This program examines "heirs property," a term connoting the devolution of land within families without benefit of probate or deeds. Occurring largely in the South, and largely among African-American families, heirs property has been the subject of opportunistic acquisition by outsiders who acquire small factional interests, and then use partition by sale to acquire the rest. While some descendants of the original owners live on the family "home place," many others are undetermined and difficult to locate. Family members often lack educational or financial resources to obtain fair resolutions of the tugs of family needs and interests of developers. The ABA has worked with groups aiding families to deal with these problems, and partly through its efforts the Uniform Law Commission recently has promulgated the "Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act" (UPHPA) which already has been adopted in several states.
Legal Pickles, Planning Tools, and Case Studies in Urban Agriculture
July 15, 2014, 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET
The urban agriculture movement has been sprouting up in municipalities across the country at a range of scales and using a variety of methods for production and distribution, from urban gardens to commercial farms, from rooftop greens to front-yard farm stands. This program will discuss policy and planning tools that can enable municipalities to effectively permit and encourage urban agriculture. The speakers will also address certain legal obstacles that arise in the urban ag setting, including nuisances and zoning issues. Case studies of successful urban agriculture policies and programs, specifically Fayetteville, AR; Detroit, MI; and Asheville, NC, will also be discussed.
July 16, 2014, 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET
Panelists will keep your practice current, detailing the most cutting-edge legal issues in land use planning and zoning. Topics covered will include:
- Exactions and impact fees
- Land use litigation
- Takings and eminent domain
- Energy and preemption
- Distressed housing
- Ethics and land use planning
- Comprehensive planning