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Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Institute                                                              

The Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Institute (LUSD) is dedicated to research, education, and training in land use and sustainable development law.

Land use and sustainability law literally shapes where we work and live – by providing a key means for addressing some of Long Island’s most pressing social concerns, including climate change and natural disaster resiliency; the creation of thriving urban centers and mainstreets; affordable housing; and the management of water resources, including storm water, waste water, and drinking water.

What is Land Use and Sustainable Development and what does it mean for law students?

  • LUSD is jobs—whether working for a private developer, real estate firm, private law firm, public interest organization, or one of the 110 units of local government on Long Island
  • LUSD is real estate development—large and small real estate development projects shape the way we live and work, potentially revitalizing neighborhoods and towns
  • LUSD is environmental stewardship—land use practitioners and decision-makers shape the way we use land, including whether we build in vulnerable coastal areas, how we use land that has been contaminated, and how we manage precious resources like water
  • LUSD is social justice—land use practitioners and decision-makers have an opportunity to make communities more affordable and equitable 
  • LUSD is breaking news—at least five cases in the New York Court of Appeals this year involved Long Island land use or municipal law issues
Why focus on Long Island?
“Since being recruited to Touro Law Center I have been encouraged by many to bring my passion for land use and sustainable development law to benefit the students and alumni of Touro Law as well as the Long Island community. The bulk of the routine land use litigation in New York State arises from the Second Department, which covers Long Island. This is not surprising, since there are 110 units of local government that engage in land use regulation and the value of real estate makes these decisions high stakes for property owners and impacted neighbors.” 
- Dean Patricia Salkin