Welcome to the Gaining Ground Information Database!

A research library intended to be Ground Control for practical and scholarly explorations of innovative land use laws, policies, and practices.

The Land Use Law Center's Gaining Ground Information Database is a free and ever-expanding online database featuring best practice models used by government to control the use of land in the public interest. It includes a collection of federal, state, and local ordinances; commentaries; research papers; research aids; and much more.

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19 Jan
City of Shawnee Solar Easements Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, January 19, 2017
Solar Energy    
Kansas
Municipal
The solar easement ordinance establishes a program for solar skyspace easements to protect access to solar energy. It uses land-use regulations, not for a specific land-preservation goal, but for energy conservation purposes... Read More
19 Jan
Village of Tarrytown Historic Districts & Landmarks Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, January 19, 2017
Landmarks & Historical Districts    
New York
Municipal
The Historic Districts and Landmarks Ordinance was created to protect and promote the use of historic districts and landmark sites which will stabilize and improve property values while also attracting tourists and visitors... Read More
19 Jan
City of Nampa Corridor Beautification Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, January 19, 2017
Landscaping    
New York
Municipal
In response to an increasing number of businesses that directly abutted thoroughfares in Nampa without any landscaping to buffer their appearance, Nampa initiated the idea of a corridor beautification ordinance. The ordinance requires land between the front of properties and a road to be fully landscaped from a select list of trees and shrubs. It is the responsibility of the property owner to maintain the landscaping. One of the main goals of the ordinance is to present an appealing image to people traveling in the city, and to reduce heat, no.. Read More
19 Jan
Town of Hailey Outdoor Lighting Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, January 19, 2017
Lighting    
New York
Municipal
In June of 2002, the town of Hailey adopted a local ordinance requiring the reduction of nighttime lighting, to “protect and reclaim the ability to view the night sky.” The law regulates light pollution by requiring outdoor lighting to shine downward only, and by regulating the illuminance or brightness level. Energy conservation and the ability to view the night sky are the primary environmental benefits. All residents and businesses must comply with the regulation within 1-3 years of its adoption. There has been little controversy, if any.. Read More
19 Jan
City of Ketchum Dark Sky Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, January 19, 2017
Lighting    
Idaho
Municipal
To protect the ability to view the night sky and conserve resources, the city of Ketchum passed a law known as the “Dark Sky Ordinance” in June of 1999. The ordinance regulates exterior lighting by requiring lights to shine downward only and reduce glare. Dr. Stephen Pauley, a local retired physician, was the visionary behind the ordinance. The town focused its efforts on an aggressive awareness campaign for businesses and residents, and provided inexpensive ways to change current fixtures. .. Read More
19 Jan
County of Cherokee Lighting Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, January 19, 2017
Lighting    
New York
Municipal
This ordinance places restrictions on lighting in order to protect the views of the “starry skies” and increase safety on the roads for drivers... Read More