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Innovations in Municipal Regulation of Group Homes, Sober Homes, and Recovery Communities

Gain an understanding of the zoning provisions for community residences and recovery communities that comply with the Fair Housing Act and statewide zoning laws.

Headlines across the nation trumpet the scam artists raking in big bucks with phony sober living homes. Cities, especially in warm climates, are being inundated with sober homes and recovery communities but all too many municipalities respond with overreaching zoning regulations the courts are obligated to strike down for violating the nation's Fair Housing Act. Individual court decisions often seem contradictory. Writing zoning provisions for community residences for people with disabilities (group homes, sober homes, recovery communities, small halfway houses) that comply with the Fair Housing Act and statewide zoning laws is a complicated, very nuanced art and science. This topic reveals the bases for legal zoning for community residences for people with disabilities. It teaches the ins and outs of how to legally zone for the growing variety of community residences for people with disabilities, with a focus on innovative approaches to zoning for sober living homes and recovery communities in accord with the Fair Housing Act. It explains the impact of statewide zoning laws on local zoning for community residences and how to overcome statewide zoning provisions that run afoul of the Fair Housing Act.

Runtime: 87 minutes
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Agenda

Bases for Zoning for Community Residences for People With Disabilities, Including Sober Homes

  • Underlying Concepts and Essential Core Characteristics of Community Residences Affecting How to Zone for Them
  • Community Residences Defined and Illustrated
  • Recovery Communities Defined and Illustrated
  • How Community Residences Including Sober Homes Differ From Institutional Uses Such as Nursing Homes and Boarding and Rooming Houses, and From Recovery Communities
  • Why so Many Zoning Provisions for Community Residences Run Afoul of the Fair Housing Act

Guiding Principles and Best Practices for Zoning for Community Residences and Recovery Communities

  • How to Make the "Reasonable Accommodation" That the Fair Housing Act Requires
  • Avoiding the Most Common Mistakes by Addressing the Threshold Issue: The Zoning Code's Definition of "Family" or "Household" or the Lack of a Definition
  • How to Make the Requisite Reasonable Accommodation for Community Residences
  • How to Make the Requisite Reasonable Accommodation for Recovery Communities

Implementing Zoning Provisions for Community Residences and Recovery Communities

  • Crafting Narrowly Tailored Standards
  • Making Fact-Based Decisions
  • Protecting the Validity of Your Zoning Provisions
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Applications have not yet been submitted for Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming CLE for this course. However, if you are interested in obtaining CLE for any of the listed states or have any additional credit questions please email us at [email protected] or call us at 866-352-9540.

This course was last revised on February 21, 2019.

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  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • Lorman Business Center, LLC. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.5 CLE hours of participatory credit.
     
  • WA CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Washington State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 hours of A/V credit under the Law & Legal Procedure category.
     

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Faculty

Daniel Lauber, AICP

Daniel Lauber, AICP

Law Office of Daniel Lauber

  • Law Office of Daniel Lauber
  • Practice focused on land use law, fair housing, zoning for community residences for people with disabilities, conducting analyses of impediments to fair housing choice
  • Author of model zoning guidelines for community residences for the American Bar Association and American Planning Association
  • Author of “A Real LULU: Zoning for Group Homes and Halfway Houses Under the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988,” in The John Marshall Law Review, Winter 1996, pp. 369–407; analyses of impediments to fair housing choice for the District of Columbia; Fairfax County, VA; Clark County, NV; Naperville, IL; Houston, TX (partial), and many more
  • Principle author of the American Planning Association’s Amicus Curiae Brief for the prevailing side in City of Edmonds v. Washington State Building Code Council, 514 U.S. 725 (1995)
  • Author of zoning amendments governing community residences in Prescott, AZ; Delray Beach, Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Clark County, NV; and numerous other cities and counties
  • Expert witness in group home zoning cases for the U.S. Department of Justice and numerous group home operators
  • Principal Contributing Consultant to the American Bar Association Advisory Commission on Housing and Urban Growth
  • J.D. degree, Northwestern University School of Law; Master's of Urban Planning, University of Illinois-Urbana; B.A. degree in sociology, University of Chicago
  • Memberships: ABA, Committee on Regulation of Land Use, Chair of the Group Home and Congregate Living Subcommittee; Chicago Bar Association, American Institute of Certified Planners (president 1992-1994, 2002-2005), American Planning Association (president 1985-1986), National Low Income Housing Coalition, Planners Network; American Association on Mental Retardation, Region VI Executive Committee and Legal Advocacy Vice Chair
  • Received an award from the American Planning Association in each of the past four decades
  • Can be contacted at http://www.grouphomes.law, email: [email protected] or 708-366-5200
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Product ID: 404996
Published 2019
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