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Land Use Law Research Guide

This guide is for students conducting introductory research in the area of land use law, including zoning.

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Getting Started

The following sources provide good introductions to land use law:

  • American Law of Zoning (5th ed.) (AMLZONING)
    Also available in print, but no longer updated (KF5698 .A76 2008)
    This multi-volume treatise provides a good introduction to legal authority for land use regulation and entities involved in zoning and planning as well as a history of zoning law. Discusses planning, zoning, and subdivision control.

  • Land Use in a Nutshell (5th ed. 2006) (KF5695 .Z9 W74 2006)
    This study aid outlines major topics in the study of land use and planning. It offers explanations on the historical development of land use law and also devotes a chapter to discussing critical contemporary land use issues. Chapters also include discussions of zoning, Fifth Amendment limits on land use regulations, housing and urban redevelopment, local environmental law as a land use issue, and historical and cultural interest protection.

  • Land Use Planning and Development Regulation Law (3d ed. 2013) (KF5692 .J84 2013)
    A hornbook that provides an introduction to "the fundamentals of land use planning and control law." The "practitioner" version of this book is available on WestlawNext (LUPDRL).

  • Rathkopf's The Law of Zoning and Planning (4th ed.) (RLZPN)
    Also available in print, but no longer updated (KF5698 .R27 2005)
    This five volume treatise extensively covers zoning law.