College of Law Students and Faculty Deliver “Issues in Local Zoning” Continuing Education Workshop to Zoning Officials from Onondaga County

Posted on Friday 5/12/2017
Emily Keable, Kimberly Grinberg, Professor Malloy, Shannon Crane Fiedler, Portia Kayanthos Skenadore-Wheelock

Students in the College of Law’s Center on Property, Citizenship and Social Entrepreneurism program, under the guidance of Professor Robin Paul Malloy, E. I. White Chair and Distinguished Professor of Law, recently conducted a continuing education workshop on “Issues in Local Zoning” for 36 zoning officials from throughout Onondaga County.

Shannon Crane Fiedler 3L, Kimberly Grinberg 2L, Emily Keable 2L, and Portia Kayanthos Skenadore-Wheelock 2L presented on a number of zoning topics, including: medical marijuana dispensaries, nonconforming use, sidewalk regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), regulating “tiny houses” and dealing with issues of affordable housing, accessory uses, and an update on ADA requirements and zoning. 

“The annual zoning program provides an excellent opportunity for our law students that are interested in these zoning and land use issues to conduct research, develop a presentation and ultimately deliver the presentation to zoning officials that will use this information in their jobs,” said Professor Malloy. “We addressed some very novel, emerging concepts in this year’s program, such as medical marijuana dispensaries and tiny houses, which are becoming more common and require zoning professionals to quickly be current on laws and regulations.”

The four-hour program qualified for the annual continuing education requirement for New York State zoning officials and was sponsored by the College of Law’s Center on Property, Citizenship and Social Entrepreneurism and the Town of DeWitt.