Land Use and Resiliency: Creating Resilient Communities Through Land Use Law – Before the Next Disaster

APA Planning & Law Division


Thursday, October 4, 2018
4:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. CDT

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Land use and zoning laws offer one of the most effective opportunities to create more resilient communities. Despite this, many communities remain vulnerable to flooding and other weather-related disasters. With an eye toward this resiliency gap and the opportunity to proactively create more resilient communities, this panel will discuss specific ways in which local, county and state governments can facilitate resilient patterns of development. Panelists will discuss legal and other tools, and impediments and strategies for overcoming them, with a focus on experiences in Texas and beyond.


Sarah J. Adams-Schoen

Sarah Adams-Schoen is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, where she currently teaches Real Property Law and Reasoning, Writing and Analysis. Before joining the Bowen faculty, Professor Adams-Schoen was on the faculty of Touro Law Center in ... Read More

Jim Blackburn

Jim Blackburn is an environmental lawyer and Professor in the Practice in Environmental Law in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rice University. At Rice, Blackburn is a Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute, co-director of the Severe Storm Prevention, Education and Evacuation from Disaster (SSPEED) Center and directs ... Read More

Douglas Melnick

AICP, CNU-A. ISSP-SA, Chief Sustainability Officer, Office of Sustainability, San Antonio, TX Read More

Jessica Bacher

Executive Director, Land Use Law Center, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, White Plains, NY Adjunct Professor of Law, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, White Plains, NY, August 2003 – Present Established in 1993, the Land Use Law Center is dedicated to fostering the development of sustainable communities and regions through the ... Read More

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