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2019 Land Use eConference

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The 23rd 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.
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Total Credit Hours:
14.00 | 1.75 ethics     Credit Info
Specialization: Administrative Law | Oil, Gas and Mineral Law | Real Estate Law

TX MCLE credit expires: 5/31/2020

Includes: Video Audio Paper Slides

$495  

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1. Land Use Case Law Update (May 2019)

James L. Dougherty Jr.

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Video (mp4) 49 mins
Audio (mp3) 49 mins
Paper (pdf) 17 pgs
Slides (pdf) 24 pgs

SESSION 1 — 49 mins, credit 0.75 | 0.25 ethics

Session 1:

Land Use Case Law Update (May 2019)

A quick survey of recent state and federal decisions affecting land use regulation in Texas, including zoning, platting, “takings,” “vested rights” and more.

Originally presented at: Apr 2019 Land Use Conference

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

2. Legislative Update (May 2019)

Snapper Carr

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Video (mp4) 30 mins
Audio (mp3) 30 mins
Slides (pdf) 7 pgs

SESSION 2 — 30 mins, credit 0.50 | 0.25 ethics

Session 2:

Legislative Update (May 2019)

Review pending legislation related to land use issues and other matters important to city and county government.

Originally presented at: Apr 2019 Land Use Conference

Snapper Carr, Law Offices of Snapper L. Carr - Austin, TX

3. Redevelopment Challenges (May 2019)

William S. Dahlstrom, Michelle D'Andrea, Christina Day

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Video (mp4) 42 mins
Audio (mp3) 42 mins
Paper (pdf) 26 pgs
Slides (pdf) 30 pgs

SESSION 3 — 42 mins, credit 0.75

Session 3:

Redevelopment Challenges (May 2019)

Texas cities face numerous planning, legal, political and development challenges in redevelopment. As Texas cities continue to expand and age, these challenges will increase. Causes include the need to revitalize deteriorating and neglected communities, gentrification, and the desire to attract business. Discuss these challenges and how the City of Plano, which has been characterized as both a ring suburb and an urban area unto itself, has addressed them.

Originally presented at: Apr 2019 Land Use Conference

William S. Dahlstrom, Jackson Walker LLP - Dallas, TX
Michelle D'Andrea, City Of Plano - Plano, TX
Christina Day, City Of Plano - Plano, TX

4. Repurposing Golf Courses: Regulatory and Common Law Challenges (May 2019)

Arthur J. Anderson, Reid C. Wilson

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Video (mp4) 31 mins
Audio (mp3) 31 mins
Paper (pdf) 12 pgs
Paper (pdf) 49 pgs
Slides (pdf) 11 pgs
Slides (pdf) 17 pgs

SESSION 4 — 31 mins, credit 0.50

Session 4:

Repurposing Golf Courses: Regulatory and Common Law Challenges (May 2019)

As more and more golf courses fail and are proposed for redevelopment into alternative uses, nearby landowners and municipalities seek to affect the redevelopment process. This can involve input into the regulatory approval process and/or exercising common law or restrictive covenant rights to maintain the golf course even after the course closes.

Originally presented at: Apr 2019 Land Use Conference

Arthur J. Anderson, Winstead PC - Dallas, TX
Reid C. Wilson, Wilson, Cribbs + Goren, P.C. - Houston, TX

5. Design Discretion in Entitlements: The Hays St. Bridge Problem (May 2019)

James McKnight

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Video (mp4) 27 mins
Audio (mp3) 27 mins
Slides (pdf) 26 pgs

SESSION 5 — 27 mins, credit 0.50

Session 5:

Design Discretion in Entitlements: The Hays St. Bridge Problem (May 2019)

Property adjacent to the Hays St. Bridge, in downtown San Antonio, would seem to have zoning and other entitlements allowing construction of a multi-family complex. However, San Antonio has implemented design guidelines for downtown projects, which injects a large amount of discretion into the development process, via the Historic and Design Review Commission. This discretion calls into question the nature of zoning entitlements.

Originally presented at: Apr 2019 Land Use Conference

James McKnight, Brown & Ortiz, P.C. - San Antonio, TX

6. Affordable Housing (May 2019)

Diana McIver

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Video (mp4) 32 mins
Audio (mp3) 31 mins
Paper (pdf) 5 pgs
Slides (pdf) 12 pgs

SESSION 6 — 32 mins, credit 0.50

Session 6:

Affordable Housing (May 2019)

The major funding tool for affordable housing today is the Housing Tax Credit program. Discuss the Housing Tax Credit program and how it is utilized by developer’s to provide affordable and mixed-income housing for working families and seniors on fixed incomes.
 

Originally presented at: Apr 2019 Land Use Conference

Diana McIver, The DMA Companies - Austin, TX

7. Demographic Characteristics and Trends in Texas: Implications for Land Use (May 2019)

Lloyd Potter

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Video (mp4) 29 mins
Audio (mp3) 30 mins
Slides (pdf) 18 pgs

SESSION 7 — 29 mins, credit 0.50

Session 7:

Demographic Characteristics and Trends in Texas: Implications for Land Use (May 2019)

Discuss information on demographic, social and economic characteristics, and trends in Texas with a focus on major urban areas in light of implications for shifts related to land value and use.

Originally presented at: Apr 2019 Land Use Conference

Lloyd Potter, UTSA - Texas Demographic Center - San Antonio, TX

8. Planning and Development Challenges in Small Towns (May 2019)

Patty Akers, Lindsey Oskoui, John Webb

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Video (mp4) 44 mins
Audio (mp3) 44 mins
Paper (pdf) 3 pgs
Slides (pdf) 7 pgs

SESSION 8 — 44 mins, credit 0.75

Session 8:

Planning and Development Challenges in Small Towns (May 2019)

Facilitating development in accordance with local and state laws in small towns is uniquely challenging. Hear how applicants and the town’s planner work in less-structured environments with government officials who often do not possess a shared vision of accommodating growth.

Originally presented at: Apr 2019 Land Use Conference

Patty Akers, Akers & Akers, L.L.P. - Austin, TX
Lindsey Oskoui, City of Bee Cave - Bee Cave, TX
John Webb, Town of Prosper - Prosper, TX

9. Authority of Texas Counties Over Land Use (May 2019)

Ben L. Stool

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Video (mp4) 25 mins
Audio (mp3) 25 mins
Paper (pdf) 24 pgs
Slides (pdf) 7 pgs

SESSION 9 — 25 mins, credit 0.50

Session 9:

Authority of Texas Counties Over Land Use (May 2019)

Discuss how, and to what extent, Texas counties control land use.

Originally presented at: Apr 2019 Land Use Conference

Ben L. Stool, Dallas County District Attorney's Office - Dallas, TX

10. We Can’t Regulate That? (May 2019)

Terrence S. Welch

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Video (mp4) 49 mins
Audio (mp3) 49 mins
Paper (pdf) 28 pgs
Slides (pdf) 21 pgs

SESSION 10 — 49 mins, credit 0.75

Session 10:

We Can’t Regulate That? (May 2019)

Discuss the areas of land use law where the federal government or the state has either prohibited or significantly limited municipal regulation, from pawn shops to gun ranges to cell towers to churches, and lots of things in between.

Originally presented at: Apr 2019 Land Use Conference

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

11. Short-Term Rentals (May 2019)

Matthew Boyle

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Video (mp4) 31 mins
Audio (mp3) 31 mins
Paper (pdf) 13 pgs
Slides (pdf) 20 pgs

SESSION 11 — 31 mins, credit 0.50

Session 11:

Short-Term Rentals (May 2019)

​Address the challenges of the commercial intruder invading your neighborhoods. Hear options for protecting single-family residents and their homes.

Originally presented at: Apr 2019 Land Use Conference

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

12. Transacting Municipal Public-Private Partnerships in Texas (May 2019)

Jeff Nydegger

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Video (mp4) 29 mins
Audio (mp3) 29 mins
Slides (pdf) 7 pgs

SESSION 12 — 29 mins, credit 0.50

Session 12:

Transacting Municipal Public-Private Partnerships in Texas (May 2019)

The public-private partnership (P3) has emerged as an effective model in Texas as a means of developing infrastructure, and local governments are no exception. Convention centers, hotels, and courthouses are just a few examples of the projects getting done in Texas using the P3 model. Discuss the latest trends in the municipal P3 industry in Texas, and a few of the unique constitutional, statutory and practical challenges that local governments face today.

Originally presented at: Apr 2019 Land Use Conference

Jeff Nydegger, Winstead PC - Austin, TX

13. Me? Biased? The Psychology and Biology of Decision-Making (May 2019)

Claude E. Ducloux

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Video (mp4) 53 mins
Audio (mp3) 53 mins
Slides (pdf) 30 pgs

SESSION 13 — 53 mins, credit 0.75 | 0.75 ethics

Session 13:

Me? Biased? The Psychology and Biology of Decision-Making (May 2019)

So much of the practice of law, and anyone’s professional duties, involves decision-making, and convincing others to make better decisions based upon fact rather than emotion. Focus on how people involuntarily make decisions and how to recognize and prevent bias as well as how to effectively communicate with persons whose bias affects others.

Originally presented at: Apr 2019 Land Use Conference

Claude E. Ducloux, Attorney at Law, LawPay - Austin, TX

14. Qualified Opportunity Zones: The “Dirt” on Tax-Driven Real Estate Development (May 2019)

Lindsay Dennis, Brian Dethrow

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Video (mp4) 44 mins
Audio (mp3) 44 mins
Slides (pdf) 10 pgs

SESSION 14 — 44 mins, credit 0.75

Session 14:

Qualified Opportunity Zones: The “Dirt” on Tax-Driven Real Estate Development (May 2019)

QOZs allow gain rollover and tax-free exit in real estate deals in designated “zones.” Investment in a QOZ increases after-tax rates of return easily by 50% and may drive the real estate economy for years to come. QOZ rules are still developing, but already the dirt is flying.

Originally presented at: Apr 2019 Land Use Conference

Lindsay Dennis, Office of the Governor - Austin, TX
Brian Dethrow, Jackson Walker LLP - Dallas, TX

15. Financing Analysis and Requirements for Economic Development Projects (May 2019)

Dorothy Palumbo, Zachariah T. Evans, Jason Hughes, Gregory D. Miller, Charles E. Zech

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Video (mp4) 55 mins
Audio (mp3) 55 mins
Paper (pdf) 17 pgs
Slides (pdf) 8 pgs
Slides (pdf) 11 pgs
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SESSION 15 — 55 mins, credit 1.00

Session 15:

Financing Analysis and Requirements for Economic Development Projects (May 2019)

Discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly on financing tools and required financial analysis for strategic partnership agreements with Municipal Utility Districts, Public Improvement Districts, Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones, and Green Bond.

Originally presented at: Apr 2019 Land Use Conference

Dorothy Palumbo, Bojorquez Law Firm, PC - Austin, TX
Zachariah T. Evans, McGinnis Lochridge LLP - Austin, TX
Jason Hughes, Hilltop Securities - Dallas, TX
Gregory D. Miller, Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP - Austin, TX
Charles E. Zech, Denton, Navarro, Rocha, Bernal & Zech, P.C. - San Antonio, TX

16. TX-PACE Stimulates $Millions in Building Retrofits at No Cost to Local Governments (May 2019)

Charlene Heydinger

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Video (mp4) 30 mins
Audio (mp3) 30 mins
Slides (pdf) 18 pgs

SESSION 16 — 30 mins, credit 0.50

Session 16:

TX-PACE Stimulates $Millions in Building Retrofits at No Cost to Local Governments (May 2019)

Learn how businesses are using Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) economic development programs to update offices, factories, hotels, malls, mixed use properties, and more. Hear details about the uniform plug and play Texas model program called "PACE in a Box,” the wide range of economic and environmental benefits, the importance of quality underwriting and technical best practices, and successful PACE projects for hotels, factories, office buildings, malls, and mixed use properties in rural and urban Texas.

Originally presented at: Apr 2019 Land Use Conference

Charlene Heydinger, Texas PACE Authority - Austin, TX

17. Texas General Land Office Hurricane Harvey: Texas at Risk
  (May 2019)

Christa López

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Video (mp4) 21 mins
Audio
Part 1 – 21 mins
Part 2 – 7 mins
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Slides (pdf) 7 pgs

SESSION 17 — 21 mins, credit 0.25

Session 17:

Texas General Land Office Hurricane Harvey: Texas at Risk
  (May 2019)

 

Originally presented at: Apr 2019 Land Use Conference

Christa López, Texas General Land Office - Austin, TX

18. Nonconformities (May 2019)

Brenda N. McDonald

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Video (mp4) 36 mins
Audio (mp3) 35 mins
Paper (pdf) 13 pgs
Slides (pdf) 15 pgs

SESSION 18 — 36 mins, credit 0.50

Session 18:

Nonconformities (May 2019)

Hear a comprehensive discussion of nonconforming uses and structures, and how nonconforming rights may be established, regulated and terminated. Plus a bonus tip: Stop using the term “legal nonconforming”!

Originally presented at: Apr 2019 Land Use Conference

Brenda N. McDonald, Messer, Rockefeller & Fort, PLLC - Frisco, TX

19. Land Use & Future Tech (May 2019)

Casey Burgess

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Video (mp4) 29 mins
Audio (mp3) 28 mins
Paper (pdf) 17 pgs
Slides (pdf) 11 pgs

SESSION 19 — 29 mins, credit 0.50

Session 19:

Land Use & Future Tech (May 2019)

An examination of changing technology and its effect on land use and transportation planning law.

Originally presented at: Apr 2019 Land Use Conference

Casey Burgess, Dallas City Attorney's Office - Dallas, TX

20. Takings: A Case Study in Current Issues (May 2019)

Robert F. Brown

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Video (mp4) 29 mins
Audio (mp3) 29 mins
Paper (pdf) 15 pgs
Slides (pdf) 14 pgs

SESSION 20 — 29 mins, credit 0.50

Session 20:

Takings: A Case Study in Current Issues (May 2019)

Explore topical issues in inverse condemnation, with an emphasis on pragmatic suggestions to resolving takings disputes. 

Originally presented at: Apr 2019 Land Use Conference

Robert F. Brown, Brown & Hofmeister, L.L.P. - Richardson, TX

21. Annexations (May 2019)

Craig Farmer, FAICP, Rob Killen, Charles E. Zech

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Video (mp4) 44 mins
Audio (mp3) 42 mins
Paper (pdf) 10 pgs
Slides (pdf) 17 pgs

SESSION 21 — 44 mins, credit 0.75

Session 21:

Annexations (May 2019)

Discuss dealing with annexations post SB 6 including public/private cooperation and annexation strategies for Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities.

Originally presented at: Apr 2019 Land Use Conference

Craig Farmer, FAICP, Municipal Planning Services, LLP - Weatherford, TX
Rob Killen, Kaufman & Killen, Inc. - San Antonio, TX
Charles E. Zech, Denton, Navarro, Rocha, Bernal & Zech, P.C. - San Antonio, TX

22. What’s Up With Your Right of Way? (May 2019)

Monte Akers

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Video (mp4) 29 mins
Audio (mp3) 28 mins
Paper (pdf) 25 pgs

SESSION 22 — 29 mins, credit 0.50

Session 22:

What’s Up With Your Right of Way? (May 2019)

A summary of how municipal streets, alleys, and other rights-of-way are created, utilized, and regulated, including recent developments, franchising issues, and recommendations.

Originally presented at: Apr 2019 Land Use Conference

Monte Akers, Akers & Akers, L.L.P. - Austin, TX

23. Cell Site Applications in a 5G World: Reconciling State and Federal Rules (May 2019)

Don Knight, Gunnar Peterson Seaquist

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Video (mp4) 30 mins
Audio (mp3) 30 mins
Paper (pdf) 87 pgs
Slides (pdf) 43 pgs

SESSION 23 — 30 mins, credit 0.50

Session 23:

Cell Site Applications in a 5G World: Reconciling State and Federal Rules (May 2019)

Review current state and federal rules regarding municipal approval of cell sites in the public ROW and on private property and discuss how to reconcile the rules when they conflict. In addition, get an update on the status of litigation over Texas Local Government Code Chapter 284.

Originally presented at: Apr 2019 Land Use Conference

Don Knight, Dallas City Attorneys Office - Dallas, TX
Gunnar Peterson Seaquist, Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP - Austin, TX

24. Trying Your Land Use Cases in the Media (May 2019)

John G. Browning

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Video (mp4) 38 mins
Audio (mp3) 38 mins
Paper (pdf) 9 pgs
Slides (pdf) 7 pgs

SESSION 24 — 38 mins, credit 0.50 | 0.50 ethics

Session 24:

Trying Your Land Use Cases in the Media (May 2019)

Legal ethics rules provide specific guidance as to what a lawyer can and cannot say about a pending case. Discuss how those rules work in the age of social media, retweets, and digital counter-punching.

Originally presented at: Apr 2019 Land Use Conference

John G. Browning, Passman & Jones - Dallas, TX