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Freilich to Speak on Sustainable Land Use, Smart Growth Policies
Bob Freilich – author and Ruby M. Hulen Emeritus Professor of Law at the UMKC School of Law

Bob Freilich – an author and Ruby M. Hulen Emeritus Professor of Law at the UMKC School of Law – will discuss the sustainability movement at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17at theUMKC School of Law E.E. (Tom) Thompson Courtroom. This 2009 John B. Gage Lecture is free and open to the public.

Professor Freilich will discuss the sustainability movement, focusing on how the new stimulus and transportation acts encourage states and localities to adopt sustainable energy policies. He will focus on specific state, city-county, and regional plans that have been successfully implemented and will conclude with some suggestions for the Kansas City region.

“The Kansas City region needs to restructure its land use policies, transportation projects and renewable energy policies, and I will talk about that,” Freilich told the Tribune.

Freilich recently published the “21st Century Land Development Code” (American Planning Association, 2008) with S. Mark White. The book offers a complete planning and law model code, which integrates traditional Euclidean zoning with green codes, new urbanism and smart growth. It covers sustainability, traditional neighborhood development, transit-oriented development, mixed use centers, subdivision regulations, official mapping, adequate public facilities, variances, conditional uses, religious uses, adult uses, telecommunications and complete forms and procedures.

Freilich’s “From Sprawl toSustainable Growth: Successful Growth Management, Green Development and Renewable Energy Systems” (American Bar Association, 2009) will be published inNovember. Freilich lives in Los Angeles and practices land use law in his new firm, Freilich & Popowitz LLP. He also teaches at USC and UCLA Schools of Law.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.

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