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Arizona Land Use Law, 8th Ed. 2021 (Print)

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Arizona CLE Books |  Real Property
Douglas A Jorden |  Frank J Cassidy


You will find that this complex subject is comprehensible through a logical outline format - an outline that has grown in depth year by year since publishing the first edition in 1988.  Each point of law is followed by citations from the applicable statutes and cases decided by Arizona's courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.  The format and depth, coupled with a no-frills, direct and to-the-point writing style, make Arizona Land Use Law an invaluable tool for all professionals engaged in land use and urban planning decisions!
Chapters Include:


  • Background of Zoning: based on police power, based on health, safety, morals or general welfare, for aesthetic purposes, legislative vs. administrative action, deed restrictions and community character.
  • Authority to Zone: statutory provisions, interim, annexation and conditional zoning, initiative and referendum and more!
  • General and Specific Plans: statutory provisions, adoption of plans, consistency, amendment of plan concurrent with rezoning, judicial review.
  • Adoption and Amendment of Zoning Ordinances: notice, hearings, planning commission recommendation, written protests, super-majority vote, amendments to application and more!
  • Construction of Zoning Regulations: question of law, favoring property owners, administrative interpretation, legislative intent, fair and sensible meaning, plain and obvious meaning, omitted and excluded terms and more.
  • Regulation of Specific Uses and Subjects:  adult businesses, age-related zoning, airports, family, fences, group homes, growth management, historical districts, open spaces/conservation easements, sanitary landfills, signs and more!
  • Nonconforming Uses: theory, establishment of use, expansion of use, abandonment, elimination of nonconforming use and more!
  • Vested Rights: subdivision plats, estoppels and refusal to issue permits.
  • Zoning Adjustments: board of adjustment proceedings, variances, interpretation of zoning regulations, nature of action to review and remedies available, trail practice, defenses, exhaustion of remedies, ripeness, attorneys' fees and more!
  • Subdivision Regulation: by State, by Counties, by Municipalities.
  • Development fees, Exactions, and Agreements: construction of streets in advance of development, development agreements and more!
  • State Urban Lands and Self-Contained Communities Act: selection and classification of state lands, planning and development of urban lands, planning and development of self-contained communities, and more!
  • Land Use Words & Phrases -- This is a list of terms and concepts that are discussed in court opinions. following each word or phrase is an abbreviated citation to each opinion in which the word or phrase is discussed.





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DOUGLAS A. JORDEN is the founding member of Jorden Law Firm, P.C. He was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, received undergraduate (1972) and law (1976) degrees from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and is admitted to practice law in Arizona, Arkansas, California and Colorado.

Mr. Jorden was Town Attorney for the Town of Paradise Valley, Arizona, from 1978 to 1982 and has been in private practice since 1982. His practice now emphasizes land use and zoning, municipal law, environmental regulation, real estate transactions and Indian law. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit and United States District Court for the District of Arizona, and is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, Arkansas Bar Association, Maricopa County Bar Association, American Planning Association, and Arizona Planning Association.

Mr. Jorden has been a member of the City of Phoenix Paradise Valley Village Planning Committee and has served as Zoning Hearing Officer for the City of Phoenix and Maricopa County. Mr. Jorden is a past chair of the City of Phoenix Environmental Quality Commission and the State Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee. He is on the Regional Advisory Board of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute based in Denver, Colorado.

Mr. Jorden has lectured on land use and environmental issues on behalf of the State Bar of Arizona, Arizona Planning Association, the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, the Arizona Department of Commerce and the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute.