Mark White

S. Mark White is recognized as an expert in zoning and planning/land use law. He has represented clients at every level from city, state and local governments, as well as major private developers, many of whom are involved in environmental permitting proceedings and takings litigation. Mark received his B.A., magna cum laude, in History and Political Science from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, and holds a J.D. and Master of Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a former President of the board of directors of the nonprofit community development group Westside Housing Organization, and is a member of the North Carolina and Missouri Bars, the American Institute of Certified Planners, and the American Planning Association. Mark is the co-author of the American Planning Association's model land development code (A 21st Century Land Development Code), and is a frequent speaker at the national meetings of the American Planning Association, the American Center for National and International Law, the Congress of New Urbanism, the University of Wisconsin, and various other professional organizations.

Courses taught by Mark White

Code Drafting and the Law

In our complex legal society, understanding the basis of planning law and governing legislation is a must. The course begins with the building blocks of understanding codes, and goes on to explore how statutory authority and constitutional issues impact your everyday decisions. It concludes with a discussion of contemporary legal, quasi-legal and administrative practices. 

66 Mins

Legal Issues for Form-Based Codes

Form-based codes (FBCs) have made a big splash in re-zoning, general plan updates and among land use professionals and stakeholders. Learn what form-based codes are from a legal definition, and the authority for form-based codes. Instructor Mark White evaluates the nuances of due process issues, takings, suburban uses of FBCs and exclusionary zoning.

80 Mins