Intergovernmental Dynamics: Politics, Laws, and Schoolhouses

What You'll Learn

  • Understand the often complicated relationship between land use regulatory authorities and other units of local government, particularly schools.
  • Examine how state statutes and case law affect this relationship.
  • Review strategies to promote better cooperation in land-use regulatory matters that are tied to good planning principles, and are politically sensitive and legally viable.

More Course Details

Governmental development projects, particularly schools, can dramatically affect neighborhood character and community development patterns. Attempts to regulate these projects can also trigger political dynamics and legal issues that aggravate intergovernmental relations and divide common constituencies.

State statutes and case law can complicate things, offering unclear jurisdictional authority. This led to several years of expensive litigation between an Illinois school district and municipality, settled by the Illinois Supreme Court and later dealt with by the Illinois legislature. It doesn't have to be this way.

This session explores how local political dynamics and state laws set up potentially protracted and expensive intergovernmental disputes. Review the results of APA's Public School Interest Group 2018 survey exploring the dynamics of schools and local land use regulations, which offers an unparalleled current national view of the issues.

Explore invaluable strategies to avoid these problems and learn to create a cooperative intergovernmental environment that is responsive to the needs of diverse constituencies and political realities, and compliant with local planning policies, land-use regulations, and state law.