Regulating Urban Agriculture as a Controversial Land Use Discussion
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Urban agriculture has been a hot topic in planning, sprouting up in cities of all sizes, and in all regions, throughout the United States. Many believe urban agriculture can yield wide-ranging environmental, health, and economic benefits. However, as the the recovery from the Great Recession continues, some are wondering whether agricultural purposes are still an appropriate use for vacant urban land, especially in light of agriculture's well-known nuisance effects in such settings. Others fail to see how urban agriculture can achieve its lofty goals and find it may be harmful to the environment, a danger to public health, and a poor economic use of urban land.
This session will discuss government incentives encouraging the production and distribution of urban agriculture, such as tax incentives or the sale or lease of public land available for urban agriculture activities. Explore the challenges that arise in the context of urban agriculture, including conflicting land uses, and the tools that can be used to regulate sometimes controversial agricultural activities in an urban environment. The presenters also will review the successes and failures associated with urban agriculture projects around the country and alternative uses for vacant urban land.
You'll learn about:
- The policy goals promised and challenges imposed by agricultural activities in an urban environment
- Regulatory tools used to promote and regulate urban agriculture
- Take-home lessons and failures from urban agriculture projects around the United States
Confirmed SpeakerDaniel J. Bolin is an attorney who represents public entities and property owners in wide-ranging local government, land use, and election matters across Illinois. In addition to managing real estate transactions and development processes, Dan is an experienced municipal prosecutor and has served on many local electoral boards. Dan regularly speaks at state and national conferences regarding emerging municipal law topics and controversial land uses. He recently authored chapters on “Second Amendment and Zoning” and “Urban Agriculture” in “Land Use Law: Zoning in the 21st Century” for Law Journal Press, and co-authored a Chicago case study in the American Bar Association’s book, “Urban Agriculture.” Dan has experience as a policy analyst for the Illinois General Assembly, and worked on political campaigns at all levels of Illinois government. Dan contributes to the local government blog, Municipal Minute, and shares land use news on Twitter @AncelGlinkLand.
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