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Zoning Reform - What's Next?

Learn more about specific zoning reforms and recent and pending initiatives.

Many architects, attorneys, and other practitioners understand that zoning regulations influence the size and shape of buildings and the relationships among uses in our neighborhoods. This topic will provide a deeper discussion of the types of policy goals that can be advanced through zoning, with a focus on recent and emerging reforms at both the local (primarily New York City) and national levels. It will begin with an overview of the history of zoning and of traditional entitlement schemes and zoning controls. The material will then turn to specific zoning reforms, with extended discussion of recent and pending initiatives to advance affordable housing policies, climate resiliency, improved transparency and fairness in entitlement processes, and economic recovery, among other things. Through discussion of these topics, the presenters will explore questions regarding the value and cost of zoning regulations, and the types of planning issues that can be effectively addressed through zoning.

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Agenda

Zoning Framework

  • History of Zoning as One of Continuous Reform
  • Differing Approaches to Entitlements: Subdivision Review, Site Plan Review, Discretionary vs. Ministerial Approvals
  • Typical Zoning Controls: Use, Bulk, Parking and Loading, Signage

Reform #1: Affordable Housing

  • Trend From Voluntary Toward Mandatory Inclusionary Housing
  • Legal Constraints on Mandatory Inclusionary Housing
  • Policy Successes and Failures

Reform #2: Climate Resiliency

  • Green Zoning - Incentivizing Energy-Efficient Buildings
  • Parking Reforms - Reducing Carbon Emissions
  • Zoning for Flood-Resiliency

Reform #3: Entitlement Processes

  • More Robust Comprehensive Planning Requirements
  • Consideration of Non-Traditional Planning Factors, e.g., Racial and Economic Justice
  • Changes in Ministerial and Discretionary Approval Processes

Reform #4: Addressing Impacts of COVID-19

  • Embracing New Behaviors, e.g., Outdoor Dining, Joint Live-Work Arrangements
  • Embracing New Procedural Norms, e.g., Remote Public Hearings
  • Facilitating Economic Recovery Through Temporary Reforms

Reform #5: Emergent Uses and Building Forms

  • Emergent Industries: Life Sciences and Last-Mile Distribution
  • Supertall Skyscrapers - Development Rights Assemblages and Mechanical Voids
  • Is Reform Always Necessary?
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  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • CT CLE 1.0
     
  • HI CLE 1.25
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • NY CLE 1.5
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • WA CLE 1.5
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in California (for participatory credit), Kansas, New Jersey or New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Applications have not yet been submitted for Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, 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 September 30, 2021.

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  • AIA 1.25
     
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  • AK CLE 1.5
     
  • Alaska attorneys may receive 1.5 hours of continuing legal education for completing this program. Please contact the Alaska Bar Association or go to www.alaskabar.org for details regarding reciprocity with other states.
     
  • AL CLE 1.5
     
  • This course or a portion thereof has been approved by the Alabama State Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for a maximum of 1.5 hours credit.
     
  • AR CLE 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved for 1.5 hours of CLE by the Arkansas CLE Board.
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • The Arizona State Bar does not pre-approve or pre-certify MCLE programs. However, records of this program and attendance will be maintained by Lorman Education Services for auditing purposes. This activity may qualify for up to 1.5 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona.
     
  • 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.
     
  • CT CLE 1.0
     
  • Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approve or accredit CLE providers or activities. This course has been approved for CLE credit in jurisdictions aside from CT and therefore it automatically meets the content and delivery requirements in Connecticut. Credit is based on a 60 minute credit hour and shall be awarded as follows: 1.0 CLE credit(s).
     
  • HI CLE 1.25
     
  • This program was approved by the Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.25 CLE credit hours.
     
  • IL CLE 1.25
     
  • This course was approved for a total of 1.25 hours of MCLE Credit by the Illinois MCLE Board.
     
  • ND CLE 1.5
     
  • North Dakota CLE policy does not allow for pre-approval of any self-study courses. This course may qualify for up to 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • NH MCLE 1.5
     
  • NH MCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE requirement. Lorman Education Services believes this Ondemand course meets the requirement of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for CLE credit(s). Program Length: 88 Minutes.
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.8 hours of total CLE credit.
     
  • NY CLE 1.5 including Areas of Professional Practice 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York Continuing Legal Education Board for up to a maximum of 1.5 credit hours in the area(s) of Areas of Professional Practice for 1.50 hours. Each hour may be counted only as satisfying one category of credit. Duplicate credit for the same hour of instruction is not permitted. This course qualifies for both established and newly admitted attorneys. Lorman Business Center, LLC. has a financial hardship guideline. Please contact customer service at 1.866.352.9539 for instructions on how to apply.
     
  • PA CLE 1.0
     
  • This Distance Learning program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.0 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit.
     
  • RI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Rhode Island Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • This self-study program has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of Vermont for 1.5 hour(s) of CLE credit. Please note: Attorneys may only claim 6 credits per compliance period in this format. This course is considered "Non-Moderated Programming without Interactivity".
     
  • 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.
     
  • WI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program qualifies for 1.5 hour(s) of ondemand CLE through the WI Board of Bar Examiners.
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the West Virginia State Bar MCLE Commission for 1.8 MCLE hours.
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

To earn each credit Lorman offers through the OnDemand learning platform, you need to watch 100% of the program. Also, for certain credits you will need to fulfill additional requirements which will be displayed on the "credits" tab when viewing the course.

  • Those applying for AIA and HRCI must view 100% of the program and answer the questions following the program.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Faculty

Meenakshi Srinivasan

Meenakshi Srinivasan

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

  • Senior Land Use and Zoning Advisor at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, which has the largest land use practice in New York City
  • Practice involves representing private developers, private property owners, cultural and educational institutions, and lenders and investors with respect to New York City real estate development issues
  • Advises clients on the development of potential sites, zoning entitlements, and land use and environmental processes, and practices before various New York City land use agencies including the City Planning Commission, the Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Board of Standards and Appeals
  • Obtained successful approvals in support of housing production, economic development, landmarks preservation and community benefits in New York City at the Landmarks Preservation, the Board of Standards, and the City Planning Commission
  • Former Chairs of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and Board of Standards and Appeals, and prior to those, the Deputy Director, Manhattan Office Department of City Planning
  • As former Chairs of the Landmarks Preservation Commission and Board of Standards and Appeals, instituted agency reforms to address professional quality, efficiency, improved technology and transparency, and equity in application and approval processes
  • Lectured on zoning, land use, and landmarks issues at Columbia Universi-ty Business School and Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and Brooklyn Law School
  • Master of Architecture, and City Planning, Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania; Bachelor of Architecture, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi
  • Can be contacted at 212-715-7514 or [email protected]
Adam Taubman

Adam Taubman

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

  • Special Counsel in the land use department of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, the largest land use practice in New York City
  • Represents private developers, financial institutions, and not-for-profit educational, cultural, and health care institutions in the planning, development, acquisition and financing of major projects and properties in New York City
  • Advises clients on the development potential of sites, negotiates complex development rights transactions, conducts land use due diligence for property acquisition and financing, and advocates on behalf of clients to obtain discretionary land use approvals
  • Recent projects include: representing a prominent theater owner in connection with the substantial rehabilitation of a landmark Broadway theater, including by obtaining a City Planning Commission special permit and negotiating multiple development rights transactions; advising a large university in connection with the long-term planning of its New York City campus and the negotiation of development agreements with a private residential developer partner; and representing a major New York City landowner in connection with the sale of transferable development rights under the Greater East Midtown zoning framework
  • Has published on a range of land use topics, including New York City’s recent Zoning for Coastal Flood Resiliency initiative and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act
  • Named to City & State’s 2019 New York City 40 Under 40 Rising Stars List
  • J.D. degree, New York University School of Law; B.A. degree, Yale University
  • Can be contacted at 212-715-9377 or [email protected]
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Product ID: 408868
Published 2021
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