Legal Research in Support of Resource Efficient Street Design

UC Berkeley Center for Research Efficient Communities (CREC) has completed research on legal barriers to resource efficient street design to inform decisions and consultations by city attorneys throughout the state of California. CREC is preparing a reference guide, containing both independent analysis and case citations, for city attorneys focusing on these barriers, including liability issues, prevailing development codes and standards, statutory limitations, and institutional fragmentation.

Project Overview

The white paper describing the findings, entitled Creating Sustainable City Streets: Finding the Law Governing Sustainable Street Design briefly references the technical resources now available to cities generally, and then discusses the lingering legal issues and obstacles still remaining to implementation. It also provides a general discussion of relevant tort liability law as it relates to street design, and some of the key statutes and regulations applicable to a city implementing a new street design. This discussion is intended to help an attorney or planner quickly identify the various substantive bodies of law relevant to sustainable street design and to provide a short list of helpful resources. The white paper concludes with a brief discussion of lingering issues and obstacles and proposes further work to be done. It will be available for general release in June 2015.

Key Project Components

A reference white paper for city attorneys reporting research findings on potential barriers to resource efficient street design and providing references to cases, codes and standards of potential use to practicing city attorneys

Project Intended Audience

City attorneys, municipal planners, urban designers, and transportation planners.

This project is conducted by Moira O’Neill-Hutson, William Eisenstein, PhD, and Louise Mozingo, MLA. To learn more about the California Center for Sustainable Community research partners, please click here.

Fact Sheet

The UC Berkeley Center for Research Efficient Communities (CREC) has completed research on legal barriers to resource efficient street design to inform decisions and consultations by city attorneys throughout the state of California. Download the Fact Sheet to learn more about this project.

Download the Fact Sheet to learn more about this project.

This project is conducted by Moira O’Neill-Hutson, William Eisenstein, PhD, and Louise Mozingo, MLA of the UC Berkeley Center for Research Efficient Communities (CREC). To learn more about the California Center for Sustainable Community research partners, please click here.

 

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