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Land Use Decision-making and Ethics Issues

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Newly elected officials are wise to be aware of restrictions on their ability to participate in land use decisions if the decision may affect the officials’ economic interest. 

Here are resources to help local officials understand some of the laws in this area:

Note that the definition of “participating in a decision” goes beyond voting and includes conversations with colleagues and staff in advance of the vote.

Even if one may legally participate in a decision, the official is well advised to consider whether the public may question whether the official can put personal interests aside.

For additional resources related to public trust and ethics, please visit the ethics section of the Institute’s website.

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