Local agency officials frequently make decisions on what people may and may not do with their property.
The Institute has prepared three resources accessible that offer the best overview of the local land use decision-making process:
Understanding the Basics of Land Use Decision-making
Glossary of Land Use Terms
The Nuts and Bolts of Project Review
Another helpful resource for both officials and the public that may wish to weigh in on a particular decision is the Institute’s one-page, plain-language explanation of common land use actions (available in both English and Spanish). See link at the right.
For more information about land use and related issues, please visit the sustainability section of the Institute’s website. See link at right.
Learn about land use from Institute volunteer and former agency counsel, Michael Martello. These videos capture a range of topics, including non-conforming land use, general plans, permits, variances and land use findings.