Land Use Planning and the Environment: A Casebook

Land Use Planning and the Environment: A Casebook
Charles M. Haar and Michael Allan Wolf
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This book is no longer in print. There are no plans for a subsequent edition.

In Land Use Planning and the Environment, the authors have dramatically revised and updated a classic, seminal casebook, Land-Use Planning. Designed primarily for the classroom, the book takes a comprehensive approach to the teaching of planning and zoning law, regulatory takings, and environmental topics. Throughout the casebook, the authors identify and explore intersections between land use planning law and environmental regulation. They also identify the hidden environmental “agenda” behind exclusionary zoning, the impact of urban sprawl on clean air and critical habitats, and other interconnections.

Professors, students, and law and planning practitioners with strong backgrounds and exposure to “traditional” environmental law will find these intersections a wonderful opportunity to examine familiar topics from a fresh perspective. For other users, Land Use Planning and the Environment will serve as a valuable introduction to the environmental realm, a realm that, more than perhaps any other in American law, is subject to swift and dramatic changes that require the most current teaching materials.

About the Author

Charles M. Haar joined the Harvard Law School faculty in 1952, serving as the Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law. In addition to his landmark work in the fields of land use planning and property law, Professor Haar has taught and written in the areas of corporate mergers, housing policy, poverty, international law, and third world development. He served as assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he played a key role in formulating Great Society programs, and has chaired presidential task forces on urban and suburban issues. Among Professor Haar’s recent publications is Mastering Boston Harbor: Courts, Dolphins, and Imperiled Waters (Harvard University Press 2005). Professor Haar received his LL.B. degree from Harvard Law School, an M.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin, and an A.B. degree from New York University. Professor Haar can be reached by e-mail at:

Michael Allan Wolf is the Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. His teaching and scholarly areas of interest include land use planning, environmental law, property law, local government, urban revitalization, constitutional law, and legal and constitutional history. Professor Wolf is the General Editor of Powell on Real Property (the leading treatise in the field) and Powell on Real Property: Michael Allan Wolf Desk Edition (Matthew Bender LexisNexis 2009), and the author of The Zoning of America: Euclid v. Ambler (University Press of Kansas 2008). Professor Wolf received his Ph.D. (History of American Civilization) and A.M. degrees from Harvard University, a J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center, and a B.A. degree from Emory University. Professor Wolf can be reached by e-mail at: