This course covers the principal methods of public control of the use of private land, from traditional judicial doctrines, such as nuisance and eminent domain, through statutory comprehensive planning regimes. Emphasis is placed on control of land use by local government through the Police Power, including traditional zoning and planning issues, such as spot zoning, floating zones, nonconforming uses, variances and special exceptions. Sections on the valuation of land in eminent domain, and the impact of income, estate and property taxation on land use, are also included.
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