HURRICANE IRENE’S LAND USE LESSONS

Land Use

Hurricane Irene provided very important lessons for land use law and development.  In no particular priority, here are several to consider:

 

1.  Strict building codes requiring buildings to be designed and constructed to take into account natural events, such as hurricanes, or earthquakes, are vitally important.  These codes work.  They may, in some instances, add cost or expense to a construction project, but the protection of the public that these codes provide far outweighs the costs to a particular building project.  Although “Green” building codes or “Sustainability” laws are at the forefront of many development discussions right now, building codes that address natural weather events must always be a major land use law focus. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by Michael Sahn

AFTER THE COLISEUM VOTE, IT’S TIME TO FOCUS ON NEW OPPORTUNITIES AND IDEAS

Land Use

The Coliseum vote is history.  We should consider the vote as an opportunity to generate and focus on new ideas for the redevelopment of the Coliseum site, and the surrounding area.  The public and the private sector should embrace the chance to rethink the future of the very center of Nassau County. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by Michael Sahn