Land Use Initiative & Technical AssistanceA

The Land Use Initiative (LUI) assists state and local REALTOR® Associations in their public policy advocacy of land-use issues. NAR will provide an analysis of proposed legislative and regulatory land-use measures – comprehensive plans, amendments, legislation, ordinances or regulations – that impact the transfer of real  property.

Land Use Resources:  NAR also provides several land-use issues resources which may help you craft a response to proposed state legislation and local ordinances.

  • Land Use Initiative Database: past analyses of proposed measures are available via the Land Use Initiative Database (log-in required). You may find that you do not need to submit a LUI request as an analysis that has been done for another REALTOR® Association on the same issue will provide all the information you need.
  • State Issues Tracker:  tracks and analyzes core state legislative issues that could affect the real estate industry. Each analysis includes an executive summary, FAQs, and the law in each state. The State Issues Tracker also includes white papers which provide an in-depth review of select topics, input from industry thought leaders, and insight into emerging trends in the area.
  • Growth Management Fact Book: provides in-depth discussions on land-use management policies and various land use management techniques and their impact on the real estate industry.  The Fact Book can be a good first step in determining how to proceed with a land-use issue.
  • How the Land Use Initiative Lends ‘Horsepower’ to Advocacy Webinar – 9/9, 2PM (EST)
    NAR’s Land Use Initiative (LUI) has enabled state and local REALTORS® associations to influence public policy for over twenty years.  Hear the details on how to successfully use the program and an analysis of recent issue trends by NAR’s consultant Robinson & Cole.  Gain insight from an expert panel on two top issues analyzed – tenant protection and short-term rental measures – and how the analyses highlighted areas of concern leading to successful outcomes. Listen to the recording. Questions? Contact Holly Moskerintz, 202/383-1157

Land Use Initiative Criteria

The request for review should be submitted not less than 15  business days prior to the date from when the analysis is needed.

If the critical deadline (date analysis is needed) is less than 15 business days after the submittal date of the LUI request, NAR staff will contact your Association to discuss the circumstances of the reduced timeframe and will consult with Robinson & Cole to determine whether a limited analysis (e.g., talking points or oral commentary) can be provided within the requested timeframe.

As an alternative, when there is a time constraint, you can search for past analyses on similar measures via the LUI Database.

The Land Use Initiative only reviews the following:

  • Proposed land use measures – comprehensive plans, amendments, legislations, ordinances or regulations – not an existing law or ordinance
  • State or local measures, not federal measures
  • Benefits the greater good, not a few property owners

Land Use Initiative Request Form

  1. Complete and submit the online Land Use Proposed Measure Analysis Request Form.
    • Include your concerns with the measure and why you there is a need for an analysis.
      • Comprehensive/Land Use Plans:  If you are submitting a comprehensive or land use plan, Robinson & Cole will not review the entire plan.  You need to identify the elements of the plan with which you have the most concerns.
    • Include a copy of the proposed measure and any related materials.
  2. NAR will review your request to ensure that it conforms to the LUI criteria stated above.
    • NAR has the right to deny requests that don’t comply with the LUI criteria.
  3. If the request is  approved, NAR will forward it to Robinson & Cole who will review the proposed measure and related materials.
  4. Robinson & Cole will follow up with the association with a call or email within 3 business days of receipt of the request.
  5. If applicable, Robinson & Cole will provide a written legal analysis (“memo”) and/or talking points within 15 business days of receipt of the request.

LUI Evaluation – Required

The REALTOR® Association is expected to inform NAR of the outcome of the measure.  Once an outcome is known, the REALTOR® Association is required to submit the Land Use Initiative Follow Up form to NAR.

LUI Quarterly Reports

2021

2020

Land Use Resources

How the Land Use Initiative Lends ‘Horsepower’ to Advocacy Webinar – 9/9, 2PM (EST)
NAR’s Land Use Initiative (LUI) has enabled state and local REALTORS® associations to influence public policy for over twenty years.  Hear the details on how to successfully use the program and an analysis of recent issue trends by NAR’s consultant Robinson & Cole.  Gain insight from an expert panel on two top issues analyzed – tenant protection and short-term rental measures – and how the analyses highlighted areas of concern leading to successful outcomes. Listen to the recording. Questions? Contact Holly Moskerintz, 202/383-1157

LUI Success Stories

Questions? Contact Holly Moskerintz at 202-383-1157.