John Infranca Presents on Religious Land Use and on Development Transfer Rights at Washington D.C. Conference

Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy   (New York)

March 2012

Furman Center Legal Fellow John Infranca presented two items at the Association for Law, Property and Society’s 3rd Annual Conference at Georgetown Law School in Washington D.C. His first presentation on religious land use proposed an alternative framework for interpreting the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), which protects religious landowners from certain land use regulations that infringe on religious exercise.  He focuses on the institutional nature of most RLUIPA claimants and applies theories of institutional free exercise and hardship tests from other land use doctrines to the claims of religious institutions.

Infranca also presented “Development Rights Transfers in New York City: The Case of the Highline” at the conference. This research project analyzes development rights transfers throughout New York City and the presentation looked more closely at the dynamics of transfers in the West Chelsea Special District.