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George Mason University School of Law

Land Use Planning

Spring 2003

Professor Steven J. Eagle

June 15, 2002


This page contains preliminary information for students interested in enrolling in the course.

Law 258. Land Use Planning

3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on government restrictions on the use of privately owned land and government takings of land. It reviews nuisance law, zoning and development restrictions, the use of eminent domain and the issue of regulatory takings.

The course also considers the relative institutional competence of markets and planners; the legal rights and duties of zoning and planning administrators, legislators, and developers; the goals of subdivision regulations; how the regulatory process works in practice; residential community associations; the efficacy of private land use controls; how infrastructure needs are financed, the problem of local government and regional needs, and, finally, what happens when government assumes the role of landowner or land developer.

Casebook: Robert C. Ellickson & Vicki L. Been, Land Use Controls: Cases and Materials (2nd ed 2000) (Aspen).

If you have any questions, please email me at seagle@gmu.edu or call 703-993-8084.