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This is a survey course that does not overlap significantly with other courses such as state and local government or environmental law. It covers the legal authority for land use regulations, the basic structure of zoning ordinances and other development regulations, legal requirements for adopting, amending and repealing ordinances, and legal requirements for making quasi‐judicial land use decisions. Particular attention will be given to spot and contract zoning, conditional zoning, vested rights, nonconformities, and statutory and constitutional limitations on land use regulations (particularly regulatory takings). Subdivision regulations, historic district, and environmental regulations are reviewed. While the focus of the course will be local land use regulation, state and federal programs are also addressed to some extent. The course is designed to provide a grounding in relevant principles of likely interest to those involved in real estate development, land use planning, representation of local governments, and community activists.