Eminent Domain: Getting Your Arms around the Mine Field of Land Use and Property Rights

Los Angeles (February 8, 2007)- 2006 was a banner year for critical state eminent domain and takings legislation that is re-shaping local capacity to redevelop and build smart, compact communities of choice. With a flurry of action in over 30 states and several major initiatives currently in play, smart growth, local government, and community advocates are on the front line of land use regulation. Learn about what is happening, implications for communities, and challenges they face challenges to come in 2007.

Learn more from:
* Moderator: Julia Seward, Director of State Policy, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
* David Goldberg, Communications Director, Smart Growth America
* Michael Snodgrass, Director Neighborhoods Now, Kansas City LISC
* Michael Goldberg, Partner, Action Media
About Smart Growth
Ten years ago, smart growth was a burgeoning concept- one that had gained footing in a few progressive places throughout the country. These days, smart growth plays an important role in communities across the nation. Smart Growth is about quality of life and the ability for all people to have access to decent livable communities. For some, this is inherent in their daily lives. For many others, especially those in the middle and lower classes, choices and options for safe and healthy living are few.
Whether the problem is the jobs/housing imbalance, increasing vehicle miles traveled, competition for localized tax base, open space preservation, or air and water quality, the importance of a regional model for smart growth planning is critical. Local governments and their neighbors need to find common ground through understanding the benefits of land use polices directed at making the regional healthier, this will in turn create more livable communities in localized neighborhoods.
About the 6th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities (February 8-10, 2007)
The 2007 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Los Angeles, California, hosted record attendance of over 1,500 people from across the country for three full days of presentations, discussions, and information sharing. The conference was produced by the Local Government Commission (LGC). Audio CDs of the conference are also available. Nearly all of the conference sessions, plenaries, breakouts and workshops were audio recorded.
For more information, visit
New Partners for SmartGrowth
Smart Growth Online