Efforts to teach students pursuing graduate degrees in urban and regional planning are often frustrated by the "case books" that have been prepared for use by law professors teaching similar courses. Dawn Jourdan and Eric J. Strauss have attempted to take their concerns to heart in the design of this Planning for Wicked Problems: A Planner's Guide to Land Use Law.
Planning for Wicked Problems has been written to demonstrate to future planners how the law may be a useful tool in helping them invent solutions to wicked planning problems. The book features a companion website for additional study and review.
"This book meets a longstanding need of urban planning instructors—a text written by planners for planners on the important topic of land use law. It covers critical topics like eminent domain, regulatory takings, equal protection, and free speech in a clear and accessible way by using succinct scenarios and recommended case briefs. The book also provides much needed primer for our students on the procedural side of law and planning; it will prove very useful for core courses on planning law in planning schools across the country." —Ellen Bassett, School of Architecture, University of Virginia
"Professors Jourdan and Strauss, both skilled planners and lawyers, have created a marvelous set of materials designed to de-mystify the law for planning professionals. This is a programmed approach that will work—wickedly interesting and relevant problems and questions, summaries of cases with bite-sized excerpts, understandable primers on legal principles, and real-world responses that build on what has been introduced. Who would have thought that something so wicked could be so good?"—Michael Allan Wolf, Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law
1. Introduction 2. Introduction to the Planning Process 3. Introduction to the Legal System 4. Nuisance 5. Private Land Use Controls 6. Zoning 7. Inserting Flexibility Into Zoning 8. Due Process and Equal Protection 9. Possessory Takings 10. Regulatory Takings 11. First Amendment 12. Affordable Housing 13. Growth Management 14. Historic Preservation and Urban Design