John Mangin is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning of NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He also works in the Counsel Division at the Department of City Planning. Prior to that, he was a teaching fellow at Georgetown University Law Center and worked in affordable housing development and litigation for Fair Share Housing, an organization that grew out the Mount Laurel exclusionary housing suits in the 1970s and '80s. He was also a Yale Law Public Interest Fellow at the CUP (Center for Urban Pedagogy), where he co-authored "What Is Affordable Housing?" and "What Is Zoning?" and co-designed and fabricated the Sewer in a Suitcase. He is a graduate of Yale Law School.
This course is designed to give you a better understanding of the legal and administrative framework used to regulate land use at various levels of government, and the relationship of the planner to the law. We will cover basic legal procedures as well as statutory and regulatory materials relating to zoning, urban renewal and eminent domain, regulatory takings, inclusionary housing, historic preservation, and environmental law.
Politics, economics and social norms play a critical role in the use and development of land, often adapting or even flouting the “law on the books.” Although principally concerned with the official legal rules governing of land uses, this course also will examine the interplay of formal and informal controls in shaping land use patterns.