Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Upcoming Presentation about Sustainability and Property Rights

On Friday, September 13th at 9 am, come out to the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association's (APA) annual conference. I'm joining a distinguished panel to discuss sustainability and property rights in a presentation entitled "Where do property rights fit into sustainability? Recent developments affecting planners." We'll discuss a number of cases and developments that I've written about here, such as the Koontz, Ponce Inlet, and Hillcrest cases. Here's a brief description of what you'll learn about:
Are private property rights compatible with sustainability? The law is evolving: what do planners need to know? The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to decide a case from Florida that could have serious implications for how governments can use development exactions. At the same time, the legislature is considering exactions legislation. Another case from Florida could lead to bankruptcy for a local government in Florida if its takings and Bert Harris Act judgments are affirmed on appeal. The panelists will discuss the challenges, pitfalls, and even the opportunities that these developments present.
As I mentioned, we have a great lineup besides yours truly, including:

  • Nancy E. Stroud, Esq., AICP, of Lewis, Stroud & Deutsch, P.L., who represents local governments in land use and development matters, drafted the Florida Chapter of the APA's amicus  brief in the Ponce Inlet case, and who serves on the APA's national amicus committee (which submitted a brief supporting the government Koontz)
  • Linda R. Hudson, Esq., who is Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Tallahassee and is experienced in a variety of planning, environmental, growth management, and land use matters
  • Seth. C. Behn, AICP, of Lewis, Longman, & Walker, P.A., who works with a law firm to represent developers in the land use entitlement process
The brochure for the conference is attached.