Robin Paul Malloy Publishes Land Use and Zoning Casebook
E.I. White Chair and Distinguished Professor of Law and Kauffman Professor of Entreprenuership and Innovation Robin Paul Malloy has published Land Use and Zoning Law: Planning for Accessible Communities (Carolina Academic Press), the first land use and zoning law casebook to comprehensively integrate issues of accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The casebook systematically addresses the complexities of aging in place and of disability in the context of local land regulation. This integrated approach is important, explains Malloy, because as many as 30% of American families have a family member with a mobility impairment and because mobility impairments increase with age.
"Making communities accessible requires attention to design, planning, and zoning," writes Malloy. "We not only need to remove physical barriers to access, we need to address the coordination of permissible uses, including the location of such uses as group homes, senior housing, drug rehabilitation centers, and medical marijuana dispensaries."
Malloy notes that as these uses often raise conflicts with current property owners, consequently discussions of accessibility must go beyond design matters and focus on the coordination of uses within a community.