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Daniel Lauber

Daniel Lauber

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  • Municipal Law, Real Estate Law
  • Illinois
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Summary

Daniel Lauber has been handling the most challenging land-use cases for decades. The skills developed in over 25 years of winning zoning approval for such LULUs (Locally Unwanted Land Uses) as group homes, sober homes, halfway houses, and recovery communities have translated well to winning zoning approval for commercial uses adjacent to residential areas and multi-family housing in communities known for their resistance.

Mr. Lauber's background as a city planner enables him to better understand and anticipate neighborhood objections -- and devise ways to prevent neighborhood opposition from arising.

Mr. Lauber also practices Fair Housing law, especially for sober homes, group homes, halfway houses, and recovery communities for people with disabilities. He has frequently served as a legal and planning consultant to jurisdictions to bring their zoning for group homes into compliance with the nation's Fair Housing Act.

Mr. Lauber has also served many times as an expert witness in zoning and fair housing cases before zoning boards and in court.

Education
Northwestern University School of Law
J.D. | Law
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Honors: Dean's List: Autumn 1984, Spring 1983, Autumn 1983
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University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
Masters of Urban & Regional Planning | Urban & Regional Planning
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Honors: Deans list
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University of Chicago
B.A. | Sociology
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Honors: Deans list, 1968-69, 1969-70
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Professional Experience
Attorney
Law Office Daniel Lauber
- Current
President
Planning/Communications
- Current
City planning consultant concentrating in zoning, affordable housing, fair housing, analysis of impediments to fair housing choice, consolidated housing plans, design and implementation of random sample community surveys, housing market analysis
Lecturer
Loyola University of Chicago - Department of Sociology
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Taught undergraduate course, Sociology 125 -- "Chicago: Growth of a Metropolis" primarily to juniors and seniors. Course combined sociology, urban planning, and urban history to expand upon the usual course curriculum offered.
Adjunct Professor of Environmental Science
Governors State University, College of Arts & Sciences
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Guest lecturer for planning courses; conducted research on effects and regulation of condominium conversions and the use of social impact analysis in municipal planning.
Senior Planner
Village of Oak Park
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Researched and wrote award-winning Comprehensive Plan 1979 in compliance with 701 Comprehensive Planning Assistance requirements; prepared grant applications and budgets; prepared zoning ordinance revisions and reports; reviewed zoning applications and proposed ordinances; worked with code enforcement personnel; supervised assistant planners; provided staff assistance to Plan Commission and Village Board of Trustees.
Senor Planner / 701 Program Coordinator
Illinois Dept. of Local Government Affairs - Office of Research & Planning
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Administered 701 Comprehensive Assistance Program for northeastern Illinois; prepared 701 applications and budgets; provided technical assistance by written report and oral presentation to local governments on planning, administration, risk management, home rule, downtown and economic development, annexation, incorporation, code enforcement; conducted workshops on housing; trained and supervised agency staff; prepared articles and grant applications; prepared chapters of the state land-use plan.
Principal Contributing Consultant
American Bar Association Advisory Commission on Housing and Urban Growth
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Researched and wrote zoning hearing examiner portion of "Improving the Administration of Land Use Controls," in Housing for All Under Law: New Directions in Housing, Land Use, and Planning Law, (Ballinger Publishing Company), 1977.
Research Associate
American Society of Planning Officials - Planning Advisory Service
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Researched and wrote Planning Advisory Service reports, magazine articles, and ASPO's comments on federal legislation; answered over 1,500 inquiries from planning agencies and consultants on all aspects of planning and administration.
Publications
Articles & Publications
Legal Lessons: Three decades on, group home zoning still at issue
American Planning Association
Focus on Community Residences / Group Homes
American Bar Association Annual Conference
Bringing Sense to American Housing Policy
Keynote Address to the 2005 Annual Conference of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives
Strategies for Change
HUD, Fannie Mae Foundation, Fair Housing Council of Oregon
The Struggle for Fair Housing: Weighing Our Progress
Fair Housing Center of West Michigan
Making Real Efforts Toward Affordable Housing in Your Community
University of Wisconsin's 32nd Annual Planning and Zoning for Community Land-Use Management
Myths of Fair Housing
Fair Housing Conference
Fair Housing 1968–1998: Promises Kept, Promises Broken
University of Miami School of Law
A Real LULU: Zoning for Group Homes and Halfway Houses Under the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988
The John Marshall Law Review
Must Zoning Accommodate Group Homes?
Fair Housing Legal Support Center, John Marshall Law School
Recommendations to the Illinois General Assembly on Zoning for Community Residences
Illinois Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities
Federal Statutory and Regulatory Changes in Fair Housing Amendment
Association of State Mental Health Attorney Annual Conference
Community Residence Location Planning Act Compliance Guidebook,
Illinois Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities
Condominium Conversions: A Reform in Need of Reform
Rowman and Allanheld
“Towards a Rational Housing Policy: The Role of Condominium Conversions,” in Condominium and Cooperative Conversion: The Federal Response
United States Government Printing Office
The Hearing Examiner in Zoning Administration
American Society of Planning Officials
The Housing Act & Discrimination
American Society of Planning Officials
Recent Cases in Exclusionary Zoning
American Society of Planning Officials
Certifications
Certified Planner
American Institute of Certified Planners
Awards
Best Practices Award
American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter
Best Practices Award for "Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice in the City of Naperville, Illinois 2007"
Paul Davidoff Award
American Planning Association
Paul Davidoff Award from the American Planning Association for demonstrating a sustained social commitment to advocacy planning in support of the needs of society's less fortunate members
Award of Merit
Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association
Award of Merit for Program or Project of Unusually High Merit Performed Under Serious Budgetary, Staff, or Political Constraints Awarded for project to bring the zoning of the state's 110 home rule communities into at least partial compliance with the nation's Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988. Over 85% of the cities complied despite entrenched political opposition.
Award of Merit
Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association
Award of Merit for Oak Park Comprehensive Plan 1979
Professional Associations
Chicago Bar Association
Member
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American Planning Association
Member
- Current
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American Bar Association
Member
- Current
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American Institute of Certified Planners
Member
- Current
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American Institute of Certified Planners
President
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Activities: Mr. Lauber is the only person ever elected twice as President of AICP.
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Oak Park Regional Housing Center
Member, Board of Directors
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Illinois State Bar Association
Local Government Committee Member
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American Institute of Certified Planners
President
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American Bar Association
Chairperson
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Activities: Chair of the Group Home and Congregate Living Subcommittee of the Committee on Land Use Regulation
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American Association on Mental Retardation
Legal Advocacy Vice Chairperson
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Activities: Region VI Executive Committee
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American Bar Association
Chairperson
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Activities: Group Home Model Zoning Ordinance Subcommittee of the Committee on Regulation of Land Use Primary author of the ABA's model zoning code for group homes and other community residences
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American Planning Association
President
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Activities: Mr. Lauber also served as a Director of APA in 1978-1979, 1981-1987, 1992-1994, and 2002-2005. As President, he created APA's Amicus Curiae Committee which continues to write influential briefs for cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal jurisdictions.
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University of Illinois Alumni Association
Member, Board of Directors
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Metro-Help (National Runaway Switchboard)
Member, Board of Directors
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Illinois
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
    The initial discussion with a potential client is free. Retainer generally required. Hourly rate: $300 to $400 (half rate for travel time). Be sure to ask about discounted rates which are available depending on nature of the legal work and nature of the client.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Practice is focused on fair housing, with extreme expertise in zoning for community residences for people with disabilities (group homes, sober living homes, recovery communities) -- representing operators and drafting zoning amendments and the study necessary to bring local zoning codes into compliance with the nation's Fair Housing Act.
Practice Areas
  • Municipal Law
  • Real Estate Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Group Home and Sober Home Zoning
  • Fair Housing Law
  • Zoning Law
  • Land Use Law
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Website
Group Home Zoning Web Site
Contact & Map
7215 Oak Ave
River Forest, IL 60305
USA
Telephone: (708) 366-5200