Eric Damian Kelly

Eric Damian Kelly is a lawyer and planner with more than 35 years of experience working with local governments on issues in planning and land-use regulation. He holds Juris Doctor and Master of City Planning degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from The Union Institute. He is a Professor of Urban Planning at Ball State University.  Since 1995, he has served as General Editor of Matthew Bender’s 10-volume treatise, Zoning and Land Use Controls. He is the author of two books, seven Planning Advisory Service Reports and multiple articles and book chapters. He has consulted with more than 150 local governments in more than 35 states.  Much of the focus of his more recent practice has been on the intersection of land-use controls and the First Amendment. Eric is a past president of the American Planning Association and was named to the first class of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners in 1999. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and is licensed to practice law in Colorado.  

Courses taught by Eric Damian Kelly

Defensible Sign Regulations

Communities regulate the characteristics of signs to achieve multiple goals, such as limiting driver distraction, maintaining the aesthetic character of the community, and implementing aspects of related plans. This course will show participants how to draft—and adopt—sign ordinances that accomplish those purposes while conforming with the First Amendment.

63 Mins

Introduction to Planning: Implementation of the Plan

This course provides an overview of implementation strategies for a Comprehensive Plan and examines how those strategies fit together.

38 Mins

Introduction to Planning: The Comprehensive Plan

In this course we will discuss the comprehensive plan, sometimes called a “master plan” or a “general plan.”

56 Mins

Introduction to Planning: Zoning as an Implementation Tool

This course discusses the Zoning Ordinance - its structure, its relationship to the plan and the sometimes confusing procedures through which it is modified and varied.

50 Mins

Regulating Sex Businesses, Part 1: Principles and Foundations

This course shows how to lay the foundation for ordinances that mitigate the negative effects of sex businesses while conforming with constitutional requirements under the First Amendment.

61 Mins

Regulating Sex Businesses, Part 2: Practical Tips

This course will provide practical tips for developing local zoning and licensing regulations for sexually oriented businesses. This course builds on material from Part 1 of this two-part series.

62 Mins