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Juergensmeyer Travels to Brazil and Portugal to Present on Emerging Land Use Topics

Professor Julian Juergensmeyer recently returned from Brazil and Portugal, where he gave several lectures and participated in two international conferences. In Sao Luis, Brazil, Juergensmeyer spoke at the two-day First International Conference on Comparative Urban and Environmental Law, co-sponsored by the Brazilian Beyond Institute, Georgia State’s Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth and many other prominent organizations such as the Coca Cola Company and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The conference sought to bring modern environmental and urban concerns, like challenges related to the Brazilian Forest Code, to an audience of Brazilian professors, lawyers, and other professionals. Prof. Juergensmeyer gave two presentations, “An Introduction to U.S. Land Use Planning and Land Development Regulation Law,” and “The Land Use Consequences of Autonomous Vehicles.”

In Rio de Janeiro, the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Direito Rio, one of the top law schools in Brazil, invited Juergensmeyer to speak as a guest lecturer on Business Innovation Districts in the United States. A Business Innovation District is a local initiative in which businesses within the defined district area pay more in taxes to finance aesthetic and technological developments within the district. For example, in Midtown Atlanta’s innovation district around Georgia Tech’s Technology Square, the University, City of Atlanta, and several tech companies have partnered together to fund economic growth. The concept of innovation districts is relatively new. Juergensmeyer’s presentation defined this new concept with examples, and presented both the needs for creating a business innovation district and the difficulties in doing it.

Juergensmeyer went straight from Brazil to Portugal, where he spoke at the Sustainable Drainage conference and at the University of Lisbon. At the Sustainable Drainage conference, Juergensmeyer presented “Rainwater Recapture as a Condition of Development Approval,” discussing the legal difficulties inherent in water recapture and the implementation of water conservation plans in numerous cities in the U.S. and around the world. Juergensmeyer’s presentation stressed the use of development conditions to require or encourage rainwater capture and water conservation. He used as an Atlanta example the rainwater capture cistern at the new Mercedes-Benz stadium.

At the University of Lisbon, Juergensmeyer discussed how the world’s accelerating urban growth is expected to change American land use regulation. By 2045, more than six billion people are projected to live in urban centers. With such growth comes housing, infrastructure, transportation, energy, and employment challenges, and the central question is how to govern these changing urban areas. Additionally, Juergensmeyer discussed the evolution of impact analysis in an increasingly urbanized world and how that analysis could shift toward permitting based on the demands of the market, an idea he addresses in his latest book, Market Demand-Based Planning & Permitting.

Professor Juergensmeyer is an internationally-recognized expert in land use, zoning, and growth management. He is the Ben F. Johnson Jr. Chair in Law at Georgia State University College of Law, and the Director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth.

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