College of Law Students Provide Continuing Education to Local Zoning and Planning Officials

Posted on Friday 5/6/2016
Zach Greenberg

On a recent Saturday morning in April, a group of six College of Law students, lead by Professor Robin Paul Malloy, E.I. White Chair and Distinguished Professor of Law, presented a morning of continuing education to local zoning officials from five Towns and the City of Syracuse.  This year marked the fourth year in a row that Syracuse Law students engaged the local community in one of its continuing education workshops.

In New York State, all members of a planning board and/or a zoning board of appeal must receive four hours of continuing education each year.  In partnership with the Town of DeWitt, Professor Malloy organized a group of students to present a four hour Zoning Law Workshop to meet the continuing education requirement.  

This year’s workshop covered important topics such as: understanding an Article 78 Review; dealing with sign regulations under the recent U.S. Supreme Court case of Reed; properly handling sidewalk issues under the ADA; regulating Air BnB in residential neighborhoods; and, updating compliance with the Fair Housing Act under the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Final Rule implemented under the Obama Administration.  

The program is funded through the College of Law and its Center for Property, Citizenship, and Social Entrepreneurism. Participating students included: Dennis W. Polio 3L; Zach Greenberg 3L; Sarah Spencer 3L; Shannon Crane 2L; Matthew Schachte 2L; and Colin Tansits 2L.