TrainingThe Land Use Law Center leads the nation in educating local land use leaders through training programs in land use law and collaborative decision-making. Since 1995, over 2,500 leaders across five states have graduated from its four-day intensive Land Use Leadership Alliance Training Program, which has garnered over 100 formal resolutions of support from local governments and businesses. The Center also conducts one-day municipal training programs for government staff and civic leaders. Each training program is designed to meet the needs of its participants and their communities by focusing on both foundational and cutting-edge information related to their priority land use issues. Teaching in the Center's training programs is based on a "train the trainer" model, through which participants are empowered to share their program experience with others. This model encourages the creation of leadership networks, initiates and supports grassroots regionalism, creates opportunities for civic engagement, and fosters sustainable communities. Trainees have reported significant success in leading their communities to effective action to preserve historic centers, revitalize their riverfronts, arrest undesired development patterns, achieve intermunicipal planning, preserve farm land, and to enhance their economic development prospects.The American Planning Association awarded its 2009 National Leadership Award for a Planning Advocate to the Land Use Law Center's Land Use Leadership Alliance (LULA) Training Program, describing it as "designed to inspire respected local land use leaders and planners to be effective agents of change in their communities" and calling it "the most extensive land use leaders training program in the country."On January 1, 2007, the New York State Bar Association's Environmental Law Section honored the Center's LULA Training Program for its "extensive work in educating state and local officials on land use and environmental impacts, which has resulted in a positive impact on New York's natural resources."Other LULA Awards include: . Public Program Award, Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association (2006) . Special Recognition Award, The Northern Dutchess Alliance (2005) . Quality of Life Award, Mid Hudson Pattern for Progress (2005) . Achievement Award for Excellence, Westchester Interfaith Housing Corporation (2004) . Award of Distinction, League of Conservation Voters, Westchester Chapter (2004)
Collaborative Decision-Making and FacilitationThe Land Use Law Center, with support from Pace Law School's Kheel Center on the Resolution of Environmental Interest Disputes, also specializes in training municipal planners and other leaders to run effective stakeholder engagement and collaborative community visioning processes. Whether embarking on a comprehensive planning process, a transit station area plan, or any other initiative in need of effective and amicable stakeholder input, the Center can offer facilitation services or it can train local leaders in successful collaborative decision-making.Research, Consulting & Technical AssistanceThrough research and innovation, the Land Use Law Center identifies and addresses cutting-edge land use issues, encourages greater settlement in urban areas, and promotes the preservation of critical environmental resources. The Center works with urban communities to identify obstacles to redevelopment and create opportunities for revitalization, and with suburban and rural communities to identify appropriate development sites and areas for conservation.The Center provides research, consulting services, and technical assistance to communities dealing with a wide range of topics. Examples of consulting and technical assistance projects conducted by the Center include: . Transit Oriented Development Demonstration Project The Center developed best practices in transit area planning and zoning, as well as a model citizen planning process for transit station area planning in a community within NY's Hudson Valley region. The Center worked with the community to create a demonstration project that is being shared with neighboring communities.Warwick, NY, honored the work of the Land Use Law Center's staff with a Proclamation recognizing "countless hours of advice, mediation, and guidance to the Town and Village. and for facilitating discussions that led the Town and Village to the concepts codified in [their] Intermunicipal Agreement, which is groundbreaking in New York State."