University of Texas School of Law
22nd Annual
Land Use Conference
Austin Mar 22-23, 2018 AT&T Conference Center
$495 Individual  |  $545 after Mar 16
Live Webcast Mar 22-23, 2018
$445 Individual
SPONSORS
Brown & Ortiz, P.C.
Jackson Walker LLP
Nichols, Jackson, Dillard, Hager & Smith L.L.P.
Taylor, Olson, Adkins, Sralla & Elam, L.L.P.
Wilson, Cribbs & Goren, P.C.

UT Law CLE

2018 Land Use Conference

Program Features
The 22nd Annual Land Use Conference offers high-level, detailed coverage of the key issues, strategies, challenges, tools, and opportunities facing municipalities, counties, and developers. It focuses on real-world problems with practical solutions presented by an outstanding faculty, including developers' attorneys, land use planners, local government attorneys, engineers, and state and local regulators.
2018 highlights include:
  • Case law and legislative updates, including key updates on topics such as public rights of way, annexation, state preemption, permits, flooding and floodplains.
  • Analyze the impacts of Reed v. Town of Gilbert on regulations including signs, charitable bins, and solicitation.
  • Explore the use and development of emergency management plans before, during, and after a disaster.
  • Examine the implications that the current social political climate has on land use and development.
  • Review how zoning and economic development efforts can encourage the emergence of creative and other special districts.
  • Hear how a backyard home brewing operation turned distribution brewery is supporting the revitalization efforts of downtown Taylor, Texas.
  • Look at land use issues including projects outside corporate limits, county authority and ETJ, infill development, and much more.
Earn up to 14.50 hours of CLE credit, including 2.00 hours of ethics credit, and the opportunity to network with your fellow land use professionals.
Come a day early for Land Use Fundamentals—the perfect introduction or refresher.

UT Law CLE

2018 Land Use Conference

2/25/18
Schedule

Thursday Morning, Mar. 22, 2018

Presiding Officer:
Joseph J. Gorfida Jr., Nichols, Jackson, Dillard, Hager & Smith L.L.P. - Dallas, TX

7:30 am

Austin Only

Registration Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:20 am
Welcoming Remarks

8:30 am

1.00 hr

Land Use Update

A quick survey of recent land use cases with a review of 2017 state legislation, including key updates on state preemption, permits (enforcement), flooding and floodplains, takings, and more.

James L. Dougherty Jr., Attorney at Law - Houston, TX

9:30 am

0.75 hr

SB 1004 and Public Rights of Way

An analysis of the 2017 Texas statute sharply curtailing municipal decision making authority as it regards wireless “network nodes” and other facilities (including poles and cables) in public rights of way (S.B. 1004, now chapter 284 of the Local Government Code) and including discussion of municipal ordinances and design manuals allowed under the new statute.

Cathy Meyer Cunningham, Boyle & Lowry - Irving, TX
Don Knight, Dallas City Attorneys Office - Dallas, TX

10:15 am
Break

10:30 am

0.50 hr

Annexation Update: Where Do We Go from Here?

Since the creation of home rule cities in Texas more than 100 years ago, the process of municipal annexation has produced dynamic cities that are among the nation’s leaders in job creation and economic growth. During the 2017 session, legislation passed that allows unincorporated subdivisions to veto the annexation plans of cities in a county with a population of more than 500,000. The bill effectively freezes the current boundaries of those cities. Will this mark the beginning of a process of urban decline that doomed cities in other states? Come find out how the new legislation affects your city.

Scott N. Houston, Texas Municipal League - Austin, TX

11:00 am

0.75 hr

Development Issues Outside Corporate Limits

Development of land outside of corporate boundaries can involve jurisdictional conflicts between cities and counties. There also can be conflicts when city urban development standards are applied in a rural environment and development projects are started prior to annexation. 

Arthur J. Anderson, Winstead PC - Dallas, TX
Robert F. Brown, Brown & Hofmeister, L.L.P. - Richardson, TX

11:45 am

0.50 hr

Takings Law: Determining the “Relevant Parcel” in Standard Taking Cases and Understanding When to Apply Heightened Scrutiny for Exactions 

Discuss the Supreme Court’s 2017 decision in Murr v. Wisconsin, announcing a multi-factor test for “determining the denominator;” and recent case law determining when to apply the “essential nexus” and “rough proportionality” standards pursuant to Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District.

Rachael Anne Rawlins, University of Texas School of Architecture - Austin, TX

12:15 pm

Austin Only

Pick Up Lunch

Included in registration. 

Thursday Afternoon, Mar. 22, 2018

Presiding Officer:
Barbara A. Boulware-Wells, The Knight Law Firm, LLP - Austin, TX

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

12:35 pm

0.75 hr

Winds of Change in the Texas Legislature: Legislative Outlook and the Challenges Ahead

Discuss the changing political and legislative environment in Texas, with a focus on how those changes will impact the overall public policy agenda of the State.  

Brandon Aghamalian, Focused Advocacy, LLC - Austin, TX
Snapper Carr, Focused Advocacy, LLC - Austin, TX
Daniel Gonzalez, Texas Association of Realtors - Austin, TX

 
1:20 pm
Break

1:35 pm

0.75 hr

Regulation of Solicitation, the Homeless, and Charitable Donation Bins

Review the legal issues associated with solicitation ordinances (including “panhandling”), the criminalization of homeless populations (“tent cities”), and the emergence of charitable bins and donation centers as constitutionally protected speech (Is this Reed, part 2?).

Chris L. Nichols, The Nichols Firm, PLLC - Houston, TX

2:20 pm

0.75 hr

Reeding Sign Regulations in 2017

A review of current federal court cases including Reed v. Town of Gilbert and Texas legislation related to sign regulation with an emphasis on application of the new laws to current sign ordinance drafting and enforcement including Reed v. Town of Gilbert.

Laura Mueller, Bojorquez Law Firm - Austin, TX
Materials By:
Anjali Naini, Bojorquez Law Firm, PC - Austin, TX

3:05 pm

0.50 hr

Master Planned and Other Significant Development Projects

Join a developer, a civil engineer, and a land use attorney in a discussion on leveraging municipalities’ expectations, regulations and incentives to foster flexibility and ensure certainty for long-term development projects. 

Harry Ben Adams IV, McCombs Enterprises - San Antonio, TX
Kenneth W. Brown, Brown & Ortiz, P.C. - San Antonio, TX
Cara Tackett, Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc. - San Antonio, TX

3:35 pm
Break

3:45 pm

0.75 hr

Infill Development

Given the financial challenges related to greenfield development and the increased movement of people back into city centers, municipalities are struggling with infill development that does not comply with current ordinances and regulations designed for suburban development. Join us for a discussion of development issues, including subdivision regulations, zoning, and storm water infrastructure deficiencies. 

Moderator:
Melinda Ramos, City of Fort Worth - Fort Worth, TX
Panelists:
Laura Voltmann, City of Fort Worth - Fort Worth, TX
Michael Brennan, Near Southside Inc - Fort Worth, TX
Justin S. Light, Pope Hardwicke Christie Schell Kelly & Taplett, L.L.P. - Fort Worth, TX

4:30 pm

0.75 hr ethics

Bracing for Impacts: A Practical Guide to Preparing for Disasters

Law firms are not immune to disasters – severe weather, work place violence, medical emergencies. What is a lawyer’s ethical duty to prepare for disasters, and how can they go about it efficiently?

Paul Martin, National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies - Austin, TX

5:15 pm
Adjourn

Friday Morning, Mar. 23, 2018

Presiding Officer:
Terrence S. Welch, Brown & Hofmeister, L.L.P. - Richardson, TX

7:30 am

Austin Only

Conference Room Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:30 am

1.00 hr

Creative Districts

The way we do business has drastically changed over the last ten years. Special districts are being created to combine academic, business, creative, and technological forces to cater to a generation that works in a different environment. Hear an overview of these districts and discuss how zoning regulations are affected, what are the impacts on communities (both good and not so good), and how zoning and economic development efforts can encourage these districts.

Moderator:
William S. Dahlstrom, Jackson Walker LLP - Dallas, TX
Panelists:
E. Scott Polikov, Gateway Planning Group, Inc. - Dallas, TX
Peter G. Smith, Nichols, Jackson, Dillard, Hager & Smith L.L.P. - Dallas, TX
Mark Stein, Stein Planning LLC - Dallas, TX

9:30 am

0.50 hr

Land Use Development in the County

Hear a discussion on the authority of counties in the ETJ, including conflicts that arise from municipal regulations and issues of county maintenance of improvements.

Russell H. Roden, Dallas County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, Civil Division - Dallas, TX

10:00 am

0.50 hr

Municipal Regulation of Mobile Homes

From zoning to code enforcement, get a practical review of the options and limitations on dealing with houses on wheels.

Matthew C. G. Boyle, Boyle & Lowry, L.L.P. - Irving, TX

10:30 am
Break

10:45 am

0.75 hr

Incorporating Stock Tanks, Dams and Wetlands Into Suburban Sprawl

Discuss regulations, risks, strategies, and techniques for integrating existing water features into new development.

Mark McPherson, McPherson LawFirm, PC - Dallas, TX

11:30 am

0.75 hr

Political Hot Topics in the Land Use World

How should a city address the removal of Confederate monuments or the political appropriateness of renaming city streets, applications for new affordable housing projects, payday lenders, alcohol sales, or pawnshops? Hear an overview of how cities around the country have attempted to achieve consensus on political hot topics in land use.

Terrence S. Welch, Brown & Hofmeister, L.L.P. - Richardson, TX

12:15 pm

Austin Only

Pick Up Lunch

Included in registration. 

Friday Afternoon, Mar. 23, 2018

Presiding Officer:
Ed Walts, The University of Texas System - Austin, TX

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

12:35 pm

0.50 hr

Craft Breweries and Downtown Revitalization

Like many other craft breweries, Texas Beer Company started as a backyard home brewing operation that eventually grew into a pilot brewhouse and later a distribution brewery. This growth would not have been possible without the support of the City of the Taylor and Texas Beer Company's commitment to being a long-term partner in Taylor's downtown revitalization efforts, creating jobs and tax revenue, and supporting local philanthropic causes.

Ian Davis, The Texas Beer Company - Taylor, TX
Jesse Ancira Jr., Former Mayor, City of Taylor - Taylor, TX
Materials By:
Ed Walts, The University of Texas System - Austin, TX

 
1:05 pm
Break

1:20 pm

1.50 hrs

Post-Disaster Regulation

Consider forward-looking planning and regulatory approaches to recovery and new building after a disaster—from the legal, planning, and engineering perspectives—with a particular emphasis on minimizing private and public sector legal challenges.  

Moderator:
Kimberley Mickelson, City of Houston Legal Department - Houston, TX
Panelists:
Chad Berginnis, Association of State Floodplain Managers - Madison, WI
Jim Blackburn, Rice University - Houston, TX
Christopher D. Bowers, Miklos Law, PLLC - Farmers Branch, TX

2:50 pm
Break

3:00 pm

0.50 hr ethics

Ethics and Natural Disaster

A review of ethical issues arising from a natural disaster from an attorney whose been there, done that, and declined the T-shirt.

Thomas A. Gwosdz, City Attorney - Victoria, TX

3:30 pm

0.75 hr ethics

Cover Your Grass: Ethical Issues and Considerations in Land Use

Explore key ethical issues that arise in land use and professional conduct issues in planning and zoning. Discuss conflicts of interests with current and former clients, revolving door issues, the representations of both parties in a transaction, and what constitutes the practice of law and alternative billing arrangements.

Michael A. Shaunessy, McGinnis Lochridge - Austin, TX

4:15 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2018 Land Use Conference

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Harry Ben Adams IV
McCombs Enterprises
San Antonio, TX
Brandon Aghamalian
Focused Advocacy, LLC
Austin, TX
Jesse Ancira Jr.
Former Mayor, City of Taylor
Taylor, TX
Arthur J. Anderson
Winstead PC
Dallas, TX
Chad Berginnis
Association of State Floodplain Managers
Madison, WI
Jim Blackburn
Rice University
Houston, TX
Christopher D. Bowers
Miklos Law, PLLC
Farmers Branch, TX
Matthew C. G. Boyle
Boyle & Lowry, L.L.P.
Irving, TX
Michael Brennan
Near Southside Inc
Fort Worth, TX
Kenneth W. Brown
Brown & Ortiz, P.C.
San Antonio, TX
Robert F. Brown
Brown & Hofmeister, L.L.P.
Richardson, TX
Snapper Carr
Focused Advocacy, LLC
Austin, TX
Cathy Meyer Cunningham
Boyle & Lowry
Irving, TX
William S. Dahlstrom
Jackson Walker LLP
Dallas, TX
Ian Davis
The Texas Beer Company
Taylor, TX
James L. Dougherty Jr.
Attorney at Law
Houston, TX
Daniel Gonzalez
Texas Association of Realtors
Austin, TX
Thomas A. Gwosdz
City Attorney
Victoria, TX
Scott N. Houston
Texas Municipal League
Austin, TX
Don Knight
Dallas City Attorneys Office
Dallas, TX
Justin S. Light
Pope Hardwicke Christie Schell Kelly & Taplett, L.L.P.
Fort Worth, TX
Paul Martin
National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies
Austin, TX
Mark McPherson
McPherson LawFirm, PC
Dallas, TX
Kimberley Mickelson
City of Houston Legal Department
Houston, TX
Laura Mueller
Bojorquez Law Firm
Austin, TX
Anjali Naini
Bojorquez Law Firm, PC
Austin, TX
Chris L. Nichols
The Nichols Firm, PLLC
Houston, TX
E. Scott Polikov
Gateway Planning Group, Inc.
Dallas, TX
Melinda Ramos
City of Fort Worth
Fort Worth, TX
Rachael Anne Rawlins
University of Texas School of Architecture
Austin, TX
Russell H. Roden
Dallas County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, Civil Division
Dallas, TX
Michael A. Shaunessy
McGinnis Lochridge
Austin, TX
Peter G. Smith
Nichols, Jackson, Dillard, Hager & Smith L.L.P.
Dallas, TX
Mark Stein
Stein Planning LLC
Dallas, TX
Cara Tackett
Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc.
San Antonio, TX
Laura Voltmann
City of Fort Worth
Fort Worth, TX
Ed Walts
The University of Texas System
Austin, TX
Terrence S. Welch
Brown & Hofmeister, L.L.P.
Richardson, TX

Planning Committee

Joseph J. Gorfida Jr.—Co-Chair
Nichols, Jackson, Dillard, Hager & Smith L.L.P.
Dallas, TX
Terrence S. Welch—Co-Chair
Brown & Hofmeister, L.L.P.
Richardson, TX
Patty Akers
Akers & Akers, L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Arthur J. Anderson
Winstead PC
Dallas, TX
Alan J. Bojorquez
Bojorquez Law Firm, PC
Austin, TX
Barbara A. Boulware-Wells
The Knight Law Firm, LLP
Austin, TX
William S. Dahlstrom
Jackson Walker LLP
Dallas, TX
James L. Dougherty Jr.
Attorney at Law
Houston, TX
Christy Drake-Adams
Texas Municipal League
Austin, TX
David Hartman
Smith, Robertson, Elliott, & Douglas, L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Camm C. Lary III
Allen Boone Humphries Robinson LLP
Austin, TX
Charlie F. McNabb
City of Georgetown
Georgetown, TX
Mark McPherson
McPherson LawFirm, PC
Dallas, TX
Kimberley Mickelson
City of Houston Legal Department
Houston, TX
Dorothy Palumbo
Bojorquez Law Firm, PC
Austin, TX
E. Scott Polikov
Gateway Planning Group, Inc.
Dallas, TX
Melinda Ramos
City of Fort Worth
Fort Worth, TX
Mack P. Reinwand
Messer, Rockefeller & Fort, PLLC
Frisco, TX
April Rogers
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
E. Allen Taylor Jr.
Taylor, Olson, Adkins, Sralla & Elam, L.L.P.
Fort Worth, TX
Misty M. Ventura
Shupe Ventura, PLLC
Dallas, TX
Ed Walts
The University of Texas System
Austin, TX
Reid C. Wilson
Wilson, Cribbs & Goren, P.C.
Houston, TX
Charles E. Zech
Denton, Navarro, Rocha, Bernal, Hyde & Zech, P.C.
San Antonio, TX

UT Law CLE

2018 Land Use Conference

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
14.50 hrs  |  2.00 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Administrative Law, Oil, Gas and Mineral Law, Real Estate Law
Additional Information
A Texas MCLE Reporting Form will be included in your course materials. Please complete and return to the registration desk and UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of Texas, or you can self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conference to keep for your records.  
California
14.50 hrs  |  2.00 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
Oklahoma
17.50 hrs  |  2.50 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the conference.
Other States
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state before taking the program to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.

Other Credit

TX Accounting CPE
17.40 hrs
Additional Information
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live conferences are presumptively approved by The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Accounting CPE Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Texas Accounting Certificate of Completion at the conference for your records. Self-report your CPE credit directly to TSBPA. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
TX Real Estate Commission (TREC)
Additional Information
https://www.trec.texas.gov/sites/default/files/pdf-forms/CE_CLE-0.pdf

Use this link to obtain the TREC MCE form for self-reporting your TREC credit.  UT Law CLE will provide a Certificate of Attendance at the conference.

MCLE Credit

Texas
14.50 hrs  |  2.00 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Administrative Law, Oil, Gas and Mineral Law, Real Estate Law
Additional Information
UT Law CLE will report credit to the State Bar of Texas on your behalf. If you are claiming credit in the last week of your birth month, self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
California
14.50 hrs  |  2.00 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. Print and keep the Certificate of Completion for your records. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
Oklahoma
17.50 hrs  |  2.50 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #169) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and are presumptively approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association for MCLE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Oklahoma MCLE credit, Oklahoma credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the webcast.
Other States
14.50 hrs  |  2.00 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.

To claim Other States MCLE credit, Other States credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion .

MCLE credit is presented based on a 60-minute credit hour. 

Other Credit

TX Accounting CPE
17.40 hrs
Additional Information
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and are presumptively approved by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Texas Accounting CPE credit, the Texas Accounting CPE credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. Self-report your CPE credit directly to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.
TX Real Estate Commission (TREC)
Additional Information

https://www.trec.texas.gov/sites/default/files/pdf-forms/CE_CLE-0.pdf

Use this link to obtain the TREC MCE form for self-reporting your TREC credit.  UT Law CLE will provide a Certificate of Attendance once you complete the course.

UT Law CLE

2018 Land Use Conference

Key Dates

Austin

  • Last day for Individual early registration: Mar 16, 2018
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Mar 16, 2018
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Mar 19, 2018
    $50 processing fee applied

Live Webcast

  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Mar 16, 2018
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Mar 19, 2018
    $50 processing fee applied

UT Law CLE

2018 Land Use Conference

Hotel / Venue

Austin

AT&T Conference Center

The University of Texas at Austin
1900 University Avenue
Austin, TX
877.744.8822 (reservations)
Map

Accommodations

Our room block at the AT&T Hotel has been exhausted. Please see below for a list of nearby hotels. 

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin - University Area

Hampton Inn and Suites at The University/Capitol
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Austin 
Inn Pearl 

Parking Information

Free daily self-parking at UT garages. Separate fees apply for valet and overnight parking.   

UT Law CLE

2018 Land Use Conference

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