Legal Issues Associated With Planning and Zoning Hearings in a Pandemic

What You'll Learn

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the legal landscape for public meetings in a land use context during a pandemic.
  • Identify due process rights in the land use context.
  • Implement practical solutions for electronic meetings.

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An all-lawyer panel will focus on responses to the pandemic from Colorado, Oregon, Texas, and Illinois in relation to public meetings, public participation, and land use hearings. Each panelist will offer a different perspective: as private practitioners representing applicants, a city attorney, and a general municipal attorney advising several agencies across a state.

The panel will explore the legal landscape, electronic meetings in practice, and how to avoid legal challenges. Due process will be examined in the framework of inclusivity in electronic participation for elected officials, applicants, and interested members of the public, including social equity issues presented by the internet and computer fluency in rural areas and cities.

Panelists will discuss some electronic means of hosting public hearings and engage with attendees to share their experiences in the context of legal requirements for public hearings. The discussion and best practices shared are intended to assist planners in other disaster situations, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes.

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