Symposium: Post-Zoning: Alternative Forms of Public Land Use Controls

16 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2013 Last revised: 20 Aug 2013

Date Written: August 6, 2013


Brooklyn Law School’s 2012 David G. Trager Public Policy Symposium, "Post-Zoning: Alternative Forms of Public Land Use Controls," called for a critical new appraisal of modern land use regulation. Over the years, zoning has widened its reach and flexibility through innovations such as overlay districts and planned unit developments. But these regulatory tweaks continue to take the separation of incompatible land uses as their point of departure. In this Introduction, we sketch zoning’s origins and suggest why its traditional goals may no longer be tenable. New challenges, from finer-grained externalities within communities to sea-level rise, demand that zoning respond to change at broader and narrower scales. The impressive set of papers collected in the Symposium address, in varied and creative ways, zoning’s ability to adapt to new pressures on land use from sublocal to global. Included in this issue are papers by Vicki Been, Alejandro Camacho, Richard Epstein, Lee Fennell, William Fischel, Nicole Garnett, Rachel Godsil, Gerald Korngold, John Nolon, and Stewart Sterk.

Suggested Citation

Serkin, Christopher and Macey, Gregg P., Symposium: Post-Zoning: Alternative Forms of Public Land Use Controls (August 6, 2013). 78 Brook. L. Rev. 305 (2013) , Brooklyn Law School, Legal Studies Paper No. 349, Available at SSRN: or

Christopher Serkin (Contact Author)

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Gregg P. Macey

Brooklyn Law School ( email )

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