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Hollister Talks Sustainability to Two National Groups on Same Day

May 4, 2015

Tim Hollister, partner and Co-Chair of the firm’s Real Estate, Environmental and Land Use Practice Group, delivered presentations on “Drafting a Model Sustainability Code” at two recent conferences in Washington, D.C. In the morning, he spoke to the Legal Action Network for Development Strategies (LANDS), a national gathering of land use lawyers who work with residential developers and home builders. In the afternoon, he addressed the Mid-Year Seminar of the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA), the organization of lawyers in the U.S. and Canada who represent cities and towns.

In 2012, the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG), awarded to Clarion Associates, a national planning firm, a contract to prepare model sustainability regulations covering solar access, alternative energy, live-work units, green roofs, urban farming and outdoor lighting districts.  Tim served as the team's legal reviewer and assisted in drafting the model regulations and making sure they were concisely written and consistent with Connecticut statutes and case law.  At both conferences, Tim explained the legal issues that the team encountered in its consideration of model rules for each sustainability area, including best practices, drafting tips and traps to avoid.

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