Elizabeth Larsen
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning

Elizabeth Larsen has been practicing land use law since 2006 at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel in New York City.  Her practice focuses primarily on the laws governing zoning, historic preservation and public incentives for development.  Ms. Larsen represents major developers, arts institutions, universities and non-profit organizations before various City agencies, including the Board of Standards Appeals, the Department of City Planning and the Landmarks Preservation Commission.  In 2010, Ms. Larsen served as an extern in the Housing Law Unit of South Brooklyn Legal Services.  She was a member of the Land Use, Planning and Zoning Committee of the City Bar of New York from 2009 to 2011.

Ms. Larsen became a LEED-accredited professional in 2009.  She has published articles related to sustainable zoning and regularly contributes to Kramer Levin's GreenEsq. blog, which reports on the latest environmental law and sustainability developments.  Ms. Larsen received her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2006 and her B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan in 2001.  She participated in the General Course at the London School of Economics from 2000 to 2001 and the Russia-U.S. Young Leadership Fellows for Public Service Program from 2002 to 2003.  She lives in Brooklyn.

Semester Course
Spring 2014 URPL-GP.1605.001 Land Use Law

Legal and administrative aspects of regulating land use at various levels of government, and understanding the changing legal framework of the regulations such as zoning, urban renewal and eminent domain, inverse condemnation, landmarks and religious considerations, environmental laws, growth management and the relationship of the planner to the law. The course will cover a basic understanding of legal procedures and use case law as well as statutory and regulatory materials to help you develop a better understanding of the relationship between the law and basic land-use planning skills.

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