Recent Developments in Land Use Ethics

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Patricia Salkin

Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

Date Written: 2014


Current events across the country reveal no shortage of allegations of unethical conduct in the land use review process. Sadly, there are countless other media accounts of alleged and proven conflicts of interest and other ethical misconduct. In this annual review of reported decisions involving ethics in land use, recent decisions are discussed in the hopes that municipal attorneys will use this information as the basis of ongoing training for members of planning boards, zoning boards, and local legislative bodies who must be routinely reminded of not only their legal but ethical responsibilities in upholding the public trust.

Note: Reprinted with permission from: The Urban Lawyer, Fall 2014 (46/4) issue, published by the American Bar Association. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or downloaded or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.

Keywords: land use, ethics, conflicts of interest, ethical misconduct, zoning, planning, state and local government

Suggested Citation

Salkin, Patricia E., Recent Developments in Land Use Ethics (2014). 46 Urb. Law. 815 (Fall 2014), Touro Law Center Legal Studies Research Paper Series No. 15-41, Available at SSRN:

Patricia E. Salkin (Contact Author)

Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center ( email )

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Central Islip, NY 11722
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