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.
, Ancel, Glink & Diamond Et Al.
Confirmed SpeakerDavid S. Silverman is a partner with Ancel, Glink, Diamond, Bush, DiCianni & Krafthefer, P.C. in Chicago, practicing in the areas of local government, land use, economic development, and real estate. David has published on a variety of land use issues, including the forthcoming Urban Agriculture: Policy, Law, Strategy, and Implementation, the forthcoming Land Use Law: Zoning in the 21st Century, written with several other attorneys from Ancel Glink, as well as the more recently published Tax Increment Financing and Greening Local Government. David has also authored numerous articles on land use topics, including the recently published articles “Rules of the Game: A Framework for Fair and Effective Zoning Public Hearings” (The Commissioner, Spring 2013) and “The Temporary Use and Economic Development” (Planning and Environmental Law Journal, July 2014). David is co-chair of Ancel Glink's land use practice and co-editor of the group's newsletter, In the Zone, and is a regular contributor to and moderator of @AncelGlinkLand, which covers an array of current and evolving land use topics. Prior to his career as an attorney, David was an urban planning and economic development consultant working with several neighborhood based development organizations in both the cities of Detroit and Chicago. David is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the land economics fraternity, Lambda Alpha International – Ely Chapter. David also serves on the Executive Committee of APA Illinois as its Legislative Committee Chair and is the Education & Outreach Chair for APA's Planning and Law Division.
, Houseal Lavigne Associates
Confirmed SpeakerJohn is a Principal and Cofounder of Houseal Lavigne Associates and has established himself as one of the nation's top urban planning professionals, recognized as a leader in planning innovation, community engagement, and contemporary development practices. John has directed planning, outreach, urban design, economic development, and zoning related assignments for communities across the country. His leadership, innovation, and effective approach to implementation helped to garner his firm the 2014 APA Excellence Award for an Emerging Planning and Design Firm. John received a Bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in environmental and urban planning from Arizona State University. John has been a featured nationally as a speaker on issues related to innovation, urban planning, zoning, design, visual communication, transportation, context sensitive design, and environmental issues.