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Community involvement in land use decisions is focus of March 4 talk

by Cindy Hess, communications and marketing last modified Feb 27, 2013 10:04 AM

Land-use policy expert Alejandro Camacho will discuss community benefits agreements — legally binding contracts that bring together community members, developers and city officials before a major development begins — March 4 at UofL.

His talk, part of the Boehl Distinguished Lecture Series in Land Use Policy, begins at 6:30 p.m. in Room 275 of the Brandeis School of Law. Admission is free and open to the public.

Camacho is expected to explain how public participation in land use and development can provide important community benefits, boost support for a project and circumvent “after the fact” problems such as traffic congestion, home value decline and adverse effects on the environment.

The law and political sciences professor teaches at the University of California Irvine, where he also directs the Center for Land, Environment and Natural Resources. Camacho’s research focuses on the impact of governance and decision-making processes on land use and the environment.

The Boehl lecture is one of several law and policy initiatives in land use and environmental responsibility at UofL and is supported by the Herbert Boehl Fund and the Kentucky Research Challenge Trust Fund.

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