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Crowdsourcing land use and the lawyers

University of Chicago Law School: Chicago Unbound

Could the future of public land use control lie, quite literally, in the hands of the public? Local governments have increasingly embraced new technologies like smartphone apps and online interfaces for involving constituents in land use planning and control. The possibility that we could effectively “crowdsource” land use decisions through novel public engagement tools is an intriguing one that is beginning to attract scholarly attention. If land use conflicts represent information finding better ways to aggregate the information dispersed among various members of the public seems like a promising strategy.

Lee Fennell, “Crowdsourcing Land Use,” 78 Brooklyn Law Review 385 (2013).