Introduction and the Legal Context for Land-Use Planning
From: Land-Use Planning
Review of the varied and complex social, political and legal restrictions on the rights associated with the use of land.
Howard Epstein is a Nova Scotia lawyer who has practised, taught, and written about land use planning law for decades. His environmental and municipal interests led to his involvement in precedent-setting major Halifax land-use cases in the 1970s and 1980s. He has worked in Ottawa and in Toronto. He has long been a contributor to the Municipal and Planning Law Reports, with case comments in its first volume in 1976–77, as well as contributing contemporary articles exploring the land-use effects of some international trade treaties, Federal land-use powers, and the sustainability potential of local governments. Mr Epstein was elected to Halifax’s city council in 1994 and to the council of Halifax Regional Municipality upon amalgamation in 1996. Subsequently, he was elected as a member of the Nova Scotia legislature for five terms. He taught land use and land use planning law at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law from 1998 through 2013 as an adjunct member of the Faculty of Law and of the School of Planning.