Eric Biber, Professor

Open (1) Getting it Right: Examining the Local Land Use Entitlement Process in California to Inform Policy and Process

Open. Apprentices needed for the fall semester. Please do NOT contact faculty before September 11th (the start of the 4th week of classes)! Enter your application on the web beginning August 16th. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, August 29th at 8 AM.

California's housing crisis is well known, and in large part attributed to the inadequate supply of housing across multiple income levels. This is an empirical legal research project that explores the relationship between local and state land use regulation and housing supply. We will examine entitlement processes in selected California jurisdictions to understand how individual land use regulations— be it zoning, specific plan, environmental or design review—impact development approval timelines and procedural and substantive standards.


Undergraduate Research Apprentices will be required to read background literature, which will include public policy, planning, and legal texts. The URAPs will assist with collecting related data from public portals (under the supervision of law students), and will assist with note taking and transcription of interviews and focus groups.
Through the process, URAPs will observe and learn from both law students and law faculty on how to gather relevant legal texts, how to read legal texts, and how to contextualize related qualitative data.


Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Moira O'Neill, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Required skills include strong note taking skills and experience working with data in excel format. We prefer but do not require a willingness to commit to the project for the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters. Desired skills include experience with reading legal texts, working with data in mapping and data visualization interfaces, working with secondary, big, and open data to gather data from the American Community Survey for census tracts, and experience with ArcGIS.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated