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Land Use, Planning, and Zoning Legal Research Guide: Overview

This research guide contains links to primary and secondary sources useful in the study of land use, planning, and zoning law. Also included are pages focused on special topics in land use law.

This guide is written for use by Pace Law School students, faculty and staff, and contains links to land use law resources, with a focus on zoning and planning. Use this guide to find local laws which put into effect the land use plans of local governments, and the planning documents, both local and regional, which inform land use planning.  

  • Where secondary sources, such as treatises and newsletters,  are available on Lexis or Westlaw, links have been provided along with call numbers for the secondary sources that we hold in print. 
  • Some of the links included in in this guide require passwords which are available to Pace Law School students, faculty and staff via TWEN.  

Researchers from other institutions should ask their librarians for assistance if they do not have access to the materials noted in this guide.  

This research guide is an ongoing project. I would like to thank the staff at Pace's Land Use Law Center for Sustainable Development for their many helpful suggestions regarding websites and topics to include in the guide, and I welcome additional comments/suggestions from anyone who is using this guide.

Types of materials we are looking for when we do land use law research include

  • Local laws
  • Planning documents, especially comprehensive plans
  • Documents that reflect policy such as resolutions, intermunicipal agreements (IMAs), regional plannig agreements, etc.
  • Documents that speak to issues specific to a municipality or area, e.g., floodmaps, demographic information, hazard mitigation plans, etc.
  • Collections of best practices, case studies, manuals, toolboxes, toolkits, etc

Research guides are often written with a specific audience in mind and may contain call numbers specific to that library or may list databases specific to that library. When using a research guide published by another library, you can always check the Pace Library Catalog to see if we own a particular book and check Pace Law Library's list of databases to see if we have a subscription for a particular database.  

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Vicky Gannon
Head of Collection Services / Reference Librarian

Pace University School of Law Library

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White Plains, NY 10589

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