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2019 Land Use Update

  • Double Tree by Hilton 2100 South Priest Drive Tempe, AZ, 85282 United States (map)

This year’s Land Use Update covers all of this year’s big land use cases and legislation and focuses on Arizona’s hottest current land use topics—Air BnB, water, and local land use success stories.

Planners and real estate lawyers are spending more and more time dealing with the online short-term rental industry—Air BnB. This year’s Land Use Update begins with an in-depth look at the benefits and burdens of this exploding industry from the perspective of front-line professionals. Economic boon? Land use disaster? Lend your ear and voice to the debate.

Arizona’s Drought Contingency Plan is headline news. Arizona water sage Grady Gammage will lead a distinguished panel discussion of how water affects land use. General plans and comprehensive plans of all but the smallest Arizona communities are required to include a water resources element. How does your community address proposed development’s water needs? Water resource requirements and obligations vary by jurisdiction. Our panel of experts will help you avoid being caught by surprise.

As you enjoy the included lunch, preeminent national land use scholar Dwight Merriam will entertain you with the most interesting, often bizarre, and educational land use controversies of the year as part of the 24th Annual Zoning and Planning Law Report Awards.

The afternoon will begin with our annual ethics session for planners and lawyers, and will end with our annual update of legislation and recent land use cases. Mid-afternoon will be spent focusing on two local land use success stories—Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row and Tucson’s Congress Street. Learn from key participants about how these special places came to be. Communities working to establish a vibrant, mixed-use, walkable destination will want to know what hurdles to anticipate and the tools available to take your special place from dream to reality.

Join your friends and colleagues for this annual in-depth discussion of today’s most significant land use topics.

Doug Jorden, Jorden Hiser & Joy, PLC
Frank Cassidy, Town of Marana
Sandra Hoffman, City of Phoenix Planning and Development

Margo Wheeler, Northern Arizona University
Noel Griemsmann, Snell & Wilmer, L.L.P.
Susan Demmitt, Gammage & Burnham, P.L.C.
Karen Osborn, City of Sedona
Grady Gammage, Gammage & Burnham, P.L.C.
Jim Holway, Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy, CAP Board Member
Ben Graff, Quarles & Brady LLP, CAP Board Member
Dwight Merriam, FAICP, Attorney at Law, Simsbury, CT
Terri Hogan, AICP, City of Buckeye
Paul Li, City of Phoenix
Greg Esser, Roosevelt Row Community Development Corp.
Keri Silvyn, Lazarus, Silvyn & Bangs, P.C.
Tom Dorn, Dorn Policy Group
Taylor Earl, Earl, Curley & Lagarde