Land Use Law and Sidewalk Requirements Under the Americans with Disabilities Act
51 Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal 403 (2017)
28 Pages Posted: 17 Aug 2017
Date Written: Jan 15, 2017
A significant percentage of American families have a family member with a mobility impairment. The numbers will increase as our population continues to age. Therefore, it is important to focus on accessibility so that people can safely and easily navigate their local communities. This Article deals with the legal obligation to make communities accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Specifically, this Article addresses the intricate regulations applicable to sidewalks. Local communities must construct, repair, and maintain sidewalks in compliance with the ADA. This obligation includes removing obstacles to accessibility such as snow, even in snow-belt communities that would prefer to avoid the cost of snow removal.
Keywords: Disability, property, land use, zoning
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation