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A Legal Guide to Urban and Sustainable Development for Planners, Developers and Architects

ISBN: 978-0-470-05329-4
368 pages
August 2008
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Written by pioneering attorneys in the emerging fields of urbanism and green building, A Legal Guide to Urban and Sustainable Development for Planners, Developers and Architects offers you practical solutions for legal issues you may face in planning, zoning, developing, and operating such communities. Find information on legal issues related to urban form, legal mechanisms and ways to incorporate good urban design into local land regulation, overcoming impediments to sound urban design practice, and state and Federal issues related to the legal issues of urban design and planning.
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Table of Contents

Foreword (Andres Duany).



Chapter 1: To Suburbia and Back: How Urbanist Law is Different (Dan Slone, Doris Goldstein, and Andy Gowder).

Chapter 2: Sustainable Urbanism (Dan Slone).

Case Study: Navy Yard at Noisette.

Chapter 3: Tweaking the System: Getting Projects Built and Codes Changed Within the Existing Zoning Framework (Chris Brewster, Matt Lawlor, Brian Ohm, and Mark White).

Chapter 4: Changing the Rules: New Approaches to Zoning (Brian Ohm and Mark Whte).

Form-Based Codes (Bob Sitkowski and Bill Spikowski).

The Smart Code (Chad Emerson).

Chapter 5: Fiefdoms and Fire Trucks: Overcoming Impediments in the Subdivision, Plat-Review, and Site-Plan Processes (Dan Slone).

Chapter 6: Retooling the Common-Interest Community (Doris S. Goldstein).

Case Study: Seaside, Florida.

Chapter 7: Special Building Types (Doris S. Goldstein).

Chapter 8: Litigation (Andy Gowder).

Case Study: The Fight for Entitlements: I'On, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

Chapter 9: Federal Policy, Initiatives, and Alliances (Chris Brewster and Matt Lawlor).

Chapter 10: Strategies for Change (Dan Slone).

Appendix: An Approach to Greening Projects or Municipalities.

Bibliography and Resources.


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Author Information

Daniel K. Slone is a partner in the Richmond, Virginia, office of the law firm McGuireWoods LLP. As a consultant and legal counsel, he represents developers, green businesses, and municipalities around the world, advising them on neighborhood development, environmental issues, land use, utilities, and complex business and real estate matters. Mr. Slone is the national counsel for both the U.S. Green Building Council and the Congress for the New Urbanism.

Doris S. Goldstein is an attorney whose practice focuses on new urbanist communities, beginning with Seaside, Florida, in the 1980s. In addition to her ongoing involvement with Seaside, Ms. Goldstein represents developers of mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly communities throughout the county. Her work extends past the development stage to include operational issues, giving her unique practical experience and insight.

Contributing author W. Andrew Gowder Jr. is a litigating attorney with particular experience in urban and sustainable development. Other contributors include experienced attorneys and planners with special insight into planning and zoning practice.

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"In short, this book is an excellent resource and one that should be read and used as a reference for project design and implementation." (Lawoftheland.com, 10/11/08)

"…is a primer for practicing architects, urban designers, and urban planners on legal and contractual issues that accompany the emerging field of sustainable urban design." (Green InSight Newsletter, Oct 2008)

"Immensely practical, this guidebook is loaded with techniques that can enable New Urbanism to jump hurdles erected by the legal system, the political apparatus, and the day-to-day difficulties of community life. Each chapter stands on its own, and there are case studies and dozens of sidebars, so you can read the book from start to finish or you can jump in and out. This book is so informative that new urbanists will soon be asking themselves how they ever got along without it." (New Urban News, September 2008)

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