This course will ask two questions to which good answers are much wanted and rarely found: What goals government should pursue in regulating land use? What tools (what institutions, what rules, what programs) might achieve those goals? In particular, for example, we will study the kinds of zoning available to municipalities; the constraints (constitutional, statutory, social, and economic) on zoning; the creation and regulation of subdivisions; the use of building codes; attempts to preserve beautiful and historically important land uses; some alternatives to public regulation of land use; the financing of land uses; and the government as landowner, developer, and financier. We will use Ellickson et al, Land Use Controls (fourth edition). Grades will be based on class participation and a final examination.
For details on class times, days of the week, instructors, and grading and exam details, please view the Michigan Law Class Schedule.