Planning Law

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TUE, THU 9:30 - 11:00 am SUT 2.114


Instructor: Rachael Rawlins, Office 3.116 Sutton Hall, 471 -0933 Class Overview: City Planning Law is an interdisciplinary law and planning class taught in the graduate program in Community and Regional Planning. The class explores how the legal system creates opportunities and constraints for city planning practice. The course provides an introduction to planning practice, focusing on implementation. It will follow a casebook approach, teaching legal issues related to various aspects of planning practice primarily through an analysis of court decisions and related materials. Topics will include the basics of zoning and subdivision controls, constitutional limits on land use controls, exclusionary and inclusionary zoning, regulating nontraditional living arrangements and controlling the use of land to further public policy objectives. The learning objectives are to gain a sufficient understanding of the legal and regulatory system to enable students to identify and understand legal issues in planning practice and to devise fair, appropriate and creative solutions to further public policy objectives within the constraints of the legal system. Course Requirements Students are expected to attend class meetings, complete required readings, and prepare for class discussion. There will be a quiz, a midterm and a final exam. Course grade will be based on 20% class participation, 10% quiz, 20% midterm, and 50% final exam. The participation grade is based on the presentation of cases and participation in class discussion. The exams will require students to identify and evaluate legal issues, applying rules of law to hypothetical scenarios. Students with disabilities may request appropriate academic accommodations from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Services for Students with Disabilities, 471-6259, Please let me know if you need any accommodation to observe religious holy days. UT Austin policy requires fourteen days notice prior to the date of observance of a religious holy day. If you must miss a class, an examination, a work assignment, or a project, you will have an opportunity to complete the missed work within a reasonable time after the absence. Course Materials Callies, Freilich & Roberts, 5th Edition, Cases and Materials on Land Use Course Packet


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