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The Legal Foundation for Planning and Zoning in Alabama

September 12, 2013 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm



The purpose of this workshop is to provide local officials and the citizens who serve on local planning commissions and boards of adjustment with a basic understanding of the constitutional and statutory framework for comprehensive and regulatory planning in Alabama. Although a number of constitutional issues and landmark cases will be included in the material presented, it should be emphasized that they will be discussed from a laymen’s and not a legalistic point of view.

 Topics include:

  • The evolution of legal principles relating to the public regulation of private property.
  • The origins of the current Alabama planning enabling legislation and recent efforts to amend it; the landmark decisions of the US Supreme Court relating to the regulatory and planning powers of local governments.
  • The major constitutional issues being raised in current land use litigation.
  • The procedural and strategic aspects of land use litigation.
  • Alternative approaches to the resolution of regulatory issues and developmental conflicts.
  • The discussion of these topics will include reviews and analyses of significant cases through which the Alabama courts have on the one hand established doctrines and precedents, and on the other hand created confusion.


Greg Clark is currently the Executive Director of the Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission in Montgomery, Alabama. He has over thirty years experience in planning, community development, grant management, economic development, transportation, and public administration. During his professional career, he has worked with all levels of government: local, county, regional, state, and federal and assisted in the establishment of non-profits and community development organizations. He has also been employed by the Consolidated Government of Columbus, Georgia, as the Chief of Economic Development, Community Development Block Grant Administrator and City Planner, and the Columbus Housing Initiative as the Community Development Director. Greg has lived in Eufaula most of his life. He went to Huntingdon College in Montgomery where he majored in Psychology and Sociology (1976-1980) and attended the University of Tennessee for Urban Planning (1980-1982). He is a member of the American Planning Association (Alabama Chapter Treasurer), National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, and Past President of the Georgia Community Development Association.

CAPZO Credits

0.35 credits are available for this event.

Registration / More Information

To register, visit the Alabama Planning Institute’s website or call 1-800-825-5862, ext. 4862.

This course is part of a six-course series that can be taken for CAPZO certification.


September 12, 2013
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Sterling Events Services – Lions Hall @ Wiregrass Rehab Center
795 Ross Clark Circle
Dothan, AL 36303 United States
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