|Wednesday, February 7th|
Loren A. Smith
University of Richmond School of Law
12:00 PM - 12:00 PM
In 1996, the University of Richmond School of Law welcomed four distinguished experts in law, planning, architecture, and the environment to lead a discussion on the future of environmental and land-use regulation. The questions discussed were centered on the results of a 1926 United States Supreme Court Case, Euclid v. Ambler, in which the Court gave its blessing for comprehensive, expert-based regulation of land use in the nation's cities, towns, and suburbs for the purpose of segregating incompatible uses, improving the quality of metropolitan life, redressing harms to humans and their environment, and ensuring the availability of affordable housing. The symposium speakers addressed the following questions: Had judicially approved planning, zoning, and other comprehensive property controls reached the end of their useful lives? What kinds of devices- mandates, hammers, incentives, joint ventures- were just beyond the horizon? How well did the ideas and ideals of planning and environmental control match the current American ethos? Which branches of government were best suited for resolving the inevitable tension between private needs and the public good? The 1996 George E. Allen Professors explored these intriguing and critical questions in their lectures, writings, faculty colloquies, and seminar classes.