Technical Service Reports
- A Brownfields Primer for Community & Economic Development
Jesse D. Silverstein
Brownfields redevelopment offers benefits to the community, as well as to private sector developers. However, it is often difficult to identify, understand and address Brownfield issues for successful public-private partnering efforts. This essential guidebook for non-lawyers explores Brownfields from both a community and investment market perspective, and offers practical tools to implement revitalization. Program strategies, successful projects and emerging tools are described. This excellent resource will be useful to community developers, economic developers, and real estate developers interested in successful Brownfields redevelopment.
TSR16 25 pages (2001) $25
- Conservation Easements in the West
Lawrence R. Kueter, Jessica E. Jay, David L. Kueter
This user-friendly guide analyzes conservation easements under both state and federal law. It includes descriptions of the authorizing legislation in most of the Rocky Mountain states, a discussion of the federal and state income tax benefits available to donors of conservation easements, and some of the practical issues in preparing conservation easements that comply with those requirements.
TSR 15. 25 pages (2000) $25
- EPA’s Brownfields Toolbox: An Evaluation of EPA’s Regulations for Developers of Contaminated Property
Brian J. Pinkowski
Not knowing the ins and outs of the EPA’s Brownfield program can lead to disaster. This well-written report will help clarify the liability of prospective purchasers, lenders, property owners, and others regarding their association with and activities at a Brownfields site. Additionally, this excellent resource provides a functional guide to EPA’s Brownfields’ toolbox in a way that will allow the reader to develop successful strategies for the sale and redevelopment of contaminated properties. To protect you and your client, make sure you have a copy of this report before making any real estate transaction involving a Brownfield site.
TSR14 36 pages (1998) $25
- Growth Management Techniques: An Overview of Systems for the New Millennium
Robert H. Freilich
During the past 20 years, local governments across the country have developed comprehensive systems to control and coordinate growth. Grouped under the catch-all title “growth management,” these land use development systems take a variety of forms to meet multiple and sometimes conflicting goals and policies. This extremely well written report by the well known practitioner, author and law professor Robert H. Freilich, provides an overview of the increasingly sophisticated nature of growth management over time. Beginning with the Ramapo plan, Freilich explores the evolution of development coordination techniques such as facility extension policies, urban growth boundaries, timing, and phasing of development through a tier system, concurrency, and state mandated growth management. Each system is critiqued and a link is provided to the next form of growth management developed on a chronological scale. The report concludes with the author’s observations about the future of growth management in America.
TSR13 20 pages (1997) $25
- Initiative and Referendum in the Land Use Process
Richard J. Scheurer and Grant Nesbitt
Initiative and referenda offer the average citizen an opportunity to participate in land use decisions. But how did the concept of ballot-box zoning evolve? What are the constitutional and legal limits to using these alternatives? This well researched publication provides the arguments for and against the use of initiative and referendum and outlines the diverse approaches taken by Arizona, California, Colorado, and Utah. Useful for those seeking to understand how to use initiative and referendum to their best advantage, as well as for those looking to amend the law.
TSR17 (2003) $25
- Obsolete Subdivisions and What to Do About Them
Donald L. Elliott
Obsolete subdivisions drive planners crazy, because they are ticking time bombs just waiting to go off when unsuspecting buyers purchase an out-of-date substandard lot. This timely publication includes a toolkit of ten techniques to mitigate the potential damage of obsolete subdivisions or reduce the amount of development in them. The author draws a clear distinction between the issues of true “paper plats” where none of the lots has been sold, and “partially sold” subdivisions where the rights of the individual lot owners make solutions more complicated. Written by a land use lawyer and planner, this important discussion pays particular attention to the perceived and actual private property rights of both bulk and individual owners, and includes sections addressing procedural due process, the protection
of vested rights, and avoidance of takings claims.
TSR12 25 pages (1997) $25