The Agenda and Faculty for the 32d Annual Land Use Institute (April 19-20, 2018, Detroit, Michigan) is now available. This venerable two-day conference will be held at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, in conjunction with the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law and the ABA Public Contracts Section's Spring "Renaissance in Detroit" Conference (April 19-22).


The hotel for both conferences is the Westin Book Cadillac, in the heart of Detroit.


Conference and hotel registration now ongoing: Register here for the 2018 LUI. Hotel reservations here.  


At right: Deborah Rosenthal delivering the 2017 Richard F. Babcock Keynote Address on Feb. 2, 2017 "From the Ground Up: Unshared Assumptions in Law & Planning" at the 2017 Miami, Florida Land Use Institute. 

2018 Detroit

For the 2018 Land Use Institute (April 19-29, 2017, in Detroit, Michigan), Planning Co-chairs Frank Schnidman and Dean Patricia Salkin assembled a national faculty, and an agenda which covered numerous areas, including: Affordable Housing; Agricultural Land; Comprehensive Planning; Development Agreements; Eminent Domain; Environmental Justice; Exactions; First Amendment; Historic Preservation; Impact Fees; Moratoria; Non-Conforming Uses; Takings; Variances; Vested Rights and Wetlands. Details of the 2018 program here. Printable brochure will be posted soon.


2017 Miami  

Here are the details and highlights from 2017, when we gathered in Miami, Florida for the 33d Annual Land Use Institute. 


We thank our sponsors for helping to make the Land Use Institute a success: Akerman, LLP; the ABA Section of Litigation, Real Estate, Condemnation, and Trust Litigation Committee; the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources; the Miami Downtown Development Authority; and


Interested in being a sponsor of the 2018 LUI? Contact us





Local government land use decisions affect economic development and quality of life. They can also create major challenges to efforts by property owners to develop and use their property, as well as to residents as they cope with growth and change. This program is designed for attorneys, professional planners, and government officials involved in land use planning, zoning, permitting, property development, conservation and environmental protection, and related litigation. It not only addresses and analyzes the state-of-the-art efforts by government to manage land use and development, but also presents the key issues faced by property owners and developers in obtaining necessary governmental approvals. In addition, the entire approach of the program is to provide practice pointers that give immediate “take home value.”


This outstanding program features:


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