Wesley O'Brien
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning

Wesley O’Brien is an Associate in the Real Estate Department of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. He was previously General Counsel and Interim Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Environmental Coordination, and served as Assistant Counsel to the NYC Department of City Planning from 2006 to 2011. He has also worked in the Legal Support Office of the United Nations Development Programme, and on judicial and criminal law reform with the American Bar Association's Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative. With a LL.M. in International Legal Studies from New York University School of Law and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, he has lectured on issues relating to development and the environment in Senegal, Armenia and Mexico. Prior to his legal career, O'Brien was a carpenter on historic restoration projects in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Semester Course
Spring 2014 URPL-GP.1605.002 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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