Zoning and land use laws promote the common good in attempting to balance the authority of officials in local municipalities to control the impact of growth and development of college and university campuses in and near their communities with the interests of the educational institutions. Postsecondary institutions, which also promote the common good by providing an educated citizenry, often exist under specific grants of authority from the state. In such situations, multiple expressions of the common good can often come in conflict with one another, thereby pitting the authority of local and state governments against the discretion of officials at institutions of higher learning as they make decisions about how their colleges and universities are to operate.

Colleges and universities can be dynamic, vibrant organizations, thereby ...

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