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Land Use and Zoning: Working with Local Governments

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Land Use and Zoning: Working with Local Governments

Workshop Description/Agenda

Overcome Real Estate Investment Challenges

One of the most challenging aspects of gaining land use approvals is working with local government. This insightful course will prepare you to tackle the most common problems you face throughout the process. Learn how to navigate through local ordinances and procedures. Confront public relations nightmares and learn how to carefully address interactions with elected officials. Overcome obstacles in working with local government - register today!

  • Ensure your project does not get halted due to noncompliance with ordinances unique to your jurisdiction.
  • Successfully communicate the essential elements of your proposal and get the approvals you need.
  • Review the do's and don'ts for handling situations with elected officials that can negatively impact the project.
  • Overcome the NIMBY (not in my neighborhood) effect so that you can receive a favorable view by members of the community.
  • Avoid costly, time-consuming penalties impacting the habitat requirements before and after the project is completed.
  • Negotiate logistics for services and roads to maximize mutually beneficial results.


  1. Local Ordinances and Procedures - What You Need to Know
    9:00 - 9:45, Jared N. Klein and Paul J. Toner
    1. Understanding Standard Terminology
    2. State and Local Laws and Regulations
    3. Zoning Ordinances
    4. Working to Meet Developmental Codes and Design Specifications
    5. Constitutional Rights and Due Process - Knick v. Township of Scott
    6. Recent Case Law Updates
  2. Making Your Case to the Zoning Board: Practical Tips
    9:45 - 10:45, David J. Brooman
    1. Types of Approvals
      1. Conditional Use Permits
      2. Non-Conforming Uses
      3. Subdivision Plat Applications
      4. Appealing Decisions
    2. Necessary Forms and Filing Procedures
    3. The Comprehensive Plan - Misunderstandings and Oversights
    4. Permit Denials, Missed Deadlines and Other Delays
  3. The NIMBY Effect - Overcoming Common Challenges
    11:00 - 12:00, Jared N. Klein and Paul J. Toner
    1. Evaluating Risk
    2. Winning the PR Battle
    3. Social Media Nightmares
    4. Developing a Strategy to Handle Comments
    5. Outlining the Economic Impact in the Community
    6. Educating the Public
    7. Overcoming Public Opposition
  4. Environmental and Conservation Zoning Requirements
    1:00 - 1:45, Douglas R. Blazey and John R. Embick
    1. Environmental Matters
    2. Alternative Energy Developments
    3. Land Use Issues
    4. Tax Incentives
    5. Brownfield Redevelopments
    6. Stormwater Runoff Requirements
  5. Who Pays for What? Negotiating Logistics and Payment for Services, Roads and More
    1:45 - 2:30, Mark R. Malkames
    1. Discussing Utility Extensions - Water, Electricity, etc.
    2. Public-Private Partnerships
    3. TIFs and Other Tax Credit Incentives
    4. State and Local Development Incentives
    5. Surveys, Reports and More
    6. Putting Together a Traffic Management Plan
  6. Working with the Planning Commission and Elected Officials
    2:45 - 3:30, Joseph Beller and James S. Ettelson
    1. Securing Clear Direction Up Front
    2. Local Government Connections - Do's and Don'ts
    3. Working with Officials That Lack Statutory Knowledge
    4. When Political Will and Legal Principles Collide
    5. Failure to Understand the Breadth of Their Authority
  7. Ethical Considerations
    3:30 - 4:30, James S. Ettelson
    1. Conflicts of Interest
    2. Code of Professional Responsibility
      1. Reporting Fraud Schemes
      2. Handling Trust Accounts
    3. Representing Multiple Interests
    4. Ex Parte Communication

Who Should Attend

This basic-to-intermediate level program is designed for:

  • Attorneys
  • Planning and Zoning Administrators
  • City and Urban Planners
  • Project Managers
  • Developers
  • Eng

Additional Information

Training Provider: NBI, Inc.

Course Topics: Law Training > Land Use

Training Course Summary: Land Use and Zoning: Working with Local Governments

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