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"Sustainability and Property Rights: Who’s going to pay for this mess?"

Thomas Jacobson, JD, MCP, AICP
Director, Institute for Community Planning Assistance

Dept. of Environmental Studies & Planning
California State University, Sonoma

Monday, Nov. 14, 2011
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

"Tom Jacobson will talk about some fundamental challenges for environmental protection created by our current system of property rights. Tom is a great resource and is on sabbatical at Bren this quarter. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about his interests and insights."
– Satie Airamé, speaker host

Tom Jacobsen

In his talk, Professor Jacobson will look at how new kinds of demands are being placed on our systems of environmental regulation, and whether our protections of private property rights may (or may not) limit our ability to make needed changes to those systems. Questions he will raise include:

  • Have the demands for environmental protection changed in qualitative ways?
  • If so, are our current approaches to environmental regulation adequate to address today’s environmental challenges?
  • If our current system is not adequate, are property rights guarantees obstacles to adopting new approaches to environmental regulation?
  • What other, non-legal, obstacles might prevent adopting new approaches to environmental regulation?

Tom Jacobson is professor of environmental studies and planning at Sonoma State University, where he is a founder of the Center for Sustainable Communities. He co-authored Exactions and Impact Fees in California, contributed the chapter on growth management to California Land Use Practice, and represented Alameda County in Shea Homes v. County of Alameda, the first published opinion by the California courts upholding an urban growth boundary against a “regulatory taking” challenge. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a consultant to local governments on land-use law and planning matters, and Of Counsel to the Sohagi Law Group, which focuses on land-use and environmental issues. He will be Visiting Fellow at the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law (University of Auckland) in 2012. Professor Jacobson received a JD from Hastings College of Law and a master's in city planning from UC Berkeley.

NOTE: Community colloquia are generally talks of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is not only to enhance knowledge and understanding, but also to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.


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