APA works to advance planning through the judicial process by filing amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs in selected cases of national importance.
Amicus Curiae Committee
The APA Amicus Curiae Committee is one of the more visible parts of APA. Through its efforts, APA files "friend-of-the-court" briefs in state and federal courts in cases of importance to the planning profession and the public interest.
Recent APA Amicus Briefs
APA and other amici argue that federally granted rights-of way-revert to federal ownership, preserving the valuable public asset of a continuous corridor. In Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States, a landowner claims that rights-of-way terminate, and the land is to be dispersed to neighboring owners after rail service ceases.
APA, joined by the City of New York and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, opposed a landowner's contention that a potential wetlands mitigation measure — suggested as one possibility for compliance with state wetlands regulations during permitting negotiations — could constitute a taking subject to the "essential nexus" and "rough proportionality" requirements associated with required dedications of interests in land.
APA, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and seven other housing advocates submitted a brief supporting the existence of a disparate impact standard under the federal Fair Housing Act.
Planning & Environmental Law
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Planning and Law Division
The Planning and Law Division of the American Planning Association serves those with a professional or personal interest in the diverse legal issues that affect the planning profession. PLD's membership includes attorneys, planners, students, and others