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The LUSD Institute’s inaugural projects recognize that land use law provides a key means for addressing some of Long Island’s most pressing social and environmental concerns—including climate change and natural disaster resiliency; the creation of thriving urban centers and mainstreets; affordable housing for workers, seniors, youth, and others; and the preservation of our precious natural areas. LUSD’s current projects include:

Wind Energy Model Codes and Training—In partnership with the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority, the Institute is working collaboratively with local governments and other stakeholders to create annotated model zoning codes and technical assistance tools for small and medium-scale wind energy projects. Institute fellows will provide training throughout New York.

Disaster Recovery Tools—In partnership with the Long Island Community Foundation and Touro Law’s Disaster Relief Clinic, Institute fellows are creating practical tools for increasing the disaster resiliency of Long Island’s most vulnerable populations. This project involves collaboration with dozens of community-based organizations as well as local, state and federal government agencies.

Resilient Zoning Codes—Recognizing the confluence of smart growth and disaster resiliency, the Institute is working with local, state and federal government agencies to provide assistance to and foster dialogue among planners, village and town officials, and others regarding concrete steps local governments can take to create a more resilient Long Island.

Subject-Matter Searchable Zoning Code Database—To assist local officials and others in addressing the shortage of affordable housing on Long Island, the Institute is building a searchable database of Long Island zoning codes related to multifamily and affordable housing.