Land Use Initiative & Technical AssistanceA

The Land Use Initiative is a program designed to assist state and local REALTOR® Associations in their public policy advocacy of land-use issues. Upon request, NAR will provide expert analysis of the legal, planning, economic and environmental issues surrounding legislative and regulatory land-use proposals. The initiative has helped state and local REALTOR® Associations across the country deal with a variety of land-use and Smart Growth issues. NAR, through its consultant, has provided guidance and expert opinion on more than 800 different legislative and regulatory issues that effect the interest of REALTORS®.

Resources available through the Land Use Initiative include the:

  • Growth Management Fact Book: Provides in-depth discussions on land-use management policies. Consulting this reference can be a good first step in determining how to proceed with a land-use issue. Access this reference if you need to get up-to-speed on various land use management techniques and their impact on the real estate industry.
  • Land Use Memo Database (Log-in required): Research various land-use management proposals and their impact on the real estate industry. This information can help craft your association’s response to proposed local ordinances.

Questions? Contact Adriann Murawski at 202-383-1068.


Land Use Initiative Application


  1. Complete Part 1 of the Land Use Initiative Tracking Form 1, including the signature of the association president, AE or GAD. Also note on the form any specific concerns and any desired deadlines, such as hearing dates. Submit the Tracking Form and the land use document to be analyzed to Adriann Murawski or Joe Molinaro.
  2. NAR will review the submitted plan, legislation or regulation to ensure that it conforms to the requirements of the program. If the proposal is accepted, the material will be sent to NAR’s consultant Robinson & Cole. The submitting association will receive a notice by email that the material has been accepted for analysis.
  3. Robinson & Cole will review the material and make telephone or e-mail contact with the association within three business days of receipt of the material. If requested, Robinson & Cole will provide a written analysis within 15 working days of receipt of the material. This written analysis will be faxed to both the requesting association and NAR.
  4. Within 10 business days of receipt of the analysis, the state or local REALTOR® Association should submit the evaluation form (Land Use Initiative Tracking Form: Part 2) to provide NAR feedback on the service and suggestions for improvement of the program. Submit the Tracking Form  to Adriann Murawski or Joe Molinaro.