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Real Estate Finance Problems: Intro to Real Development and Zoning Analysis (Spring 2017)

  • Course Number: LAW-628
  • Class Number: 03268
  • Instructor: Oscar Sandoval

Course Description

In this course students learn how to assess whether a proposed development of their choosing meets the zoning, parking and other entitlement requirements of the jurisdiction in which it is located. 

Real estate transactions lawyers are often asked by clients or mortgage lenders to make these determinations. Sometimes, real estate attorneys sub-contract some of the work to planning consultants. But in the end the client (developer, investor, mortgage lender) want to rely on the lawyer’s opinion on this matter. 

This assignment will introduce some of the key concepts in the real estate development process, including zoning analysis. 

Course Methodology:  Students will select a property for development, redevelopment rehabilitation or adapticve  reuse.  Using public and online resources, students will determine the current zoning of the subject property and delineate the possible uses, density, parking requirements, setbacks and other limits of the underlying zone.  Students will specify the nature of their proposed development, examine the economic rationale of their proposal, and identify any conflicts with current zoning.  The excercise will help students understand zoning requirements and how they impact potential real estate development.

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 1
  • Grading Options: CR/D/F Only
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: Yes
  • Participation: Required