Conflicts of Interest and Other Legal Ethical Considerations for Planners and Lawyers
Planning and Environmental Law, August 2005
7 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2007
This commentary explores recent reported cases involving conflicts of interest from around the country to provide planners and land use attorneys with practical insights into how courts assess these conflicts within the context of planning and zoning. Conflicts involving consultants, board members and board chairs are explored, as well as familial conflicts of interest involving spouses, children, parents and other relatives of board members. Allegations of bias, prejudgment and bad faith are also discussed. These issues are particularly important for planners and lawyers who advise municipal boards since there is often no ethics officer at the local government level and no other place for these public servants to seek guidance on ethics issues. This often puts the professional planning staff and local government attorneys on the front line in ethics quagmires.
Keywords: ethics, land use, zoning, conflicts of interest
JEL Classification: R52
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