Law Seminars International Presents: An In-Depth Seminar Examining Cutting Edge Issues in

Transit Oriented Development
Blending traditional, low-density and auto-oriented development with compact, walkable urban and neighborhood centers by emerging modes of transit

(For this past program, we offer two options for purchase: a Homestudy (DVD and written materials) or written materials alone.)

September 18, 2009
The Westin Seattle Hotel in Seattle, WA

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, land use and real estate professionals, financial industry officials, planners, governmental officials, transport providers and agencies

Why Order

To quote President Obama, "For too long, federal policy has actually encouraged sprawl and congestion and pollution, rather than quality public transportation and smart, sustainable development." Federal policy has changed. In June, the Secretary of Transportation, the Secretary of HUD and the EPA Administrator announced a new federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities. In line with the new federal policy, the Puget Sound Region is poised for a major change in how we will live, work and grow. The opening and planned expansion of the Sound Transit Light Rail system provides many opportunities for TOD.

While the Growth Management Act was implemented to slow impact of sprawl on undeveloped land, a new generation of public and private sector agencies and organizations are working to promote sustainable patterns of growth, including TOD. Our faculty of design, legal and planning professionals, transit agency and municipal officials, and nongovernmental organization advocates will examine TOD and the many facets of blending traditional, low density and auto-oriented development with compact, walkable urban and neighborhood centers linked by emerging modes of transit, including light rail.

~ Program Co-Chairs: John W. Hempelmann, Esq. and Charles R. Wolfe, M.R.P., Esq.

What You Will Learn


Friday, September 18, 2009

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

John W. Hempelmann, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Cairncross & Hempelmann, P.S. / Seattle, WA

Charles R. Wolfe, M.R.P., Esq., Program Co-Chair
Charles R. Wolfe - Attorney at Law / Seattle, WA

8:45 am

Overview of Pioneering Efforts from Around the Country

G.B. Arrington, Principal Practice Leader, PlaceMaking Group
Parsons Brinckerhoff / Portland, OR

9:30 am

Sound Transit's Current Agenda and Plans

Joni Earl, Chief Executive Officer
Sound Transit / Seattle, WA

10:15 am


10:30 am

A Designer's Perspective on the Ten Most Important Things for Making Transit Oriented Development Work

Bert Gregory, FAIA, President and CEO
Mithun, Inc. / Seattle, WA

11:15 am

Overcoming the Greatest Challenge: Creative Thinking on Creating New Financing Mechanisms

Perspectives on the constraints in Washington and possible solutions: Tax increment financing; limits on debt capacity; constitutional constraints

John W. Hempelmann, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Cairncross & Hempelmann, P.S. / Seattle, WA

Richard F. Krochalis, Regional Administrator, Region 10
Federal Transit Administration / Seattle, WA

Hugh D. Spitzer, Esq.
Foster Pepper PLLC / Seattle, WA

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Zoning Strategies and Policies: Case Study of the Bel-Red Subarea Plan

Update on the Bel-Red Subarea Plan for new mixed-use neighborhoods supported by light rail, new streets, parks and open space

Dan Stroh, Planning Director
City of Bellevue Planning and Community Development / Bellevue, WA

Gregory A. Walker, AICP, Policy and Planning Officer
Sound Transit / Seattle, WA

2:30 pm

Current Barriers to Transit Oriented Development in Washington

What can be done administratively and prospects for legislative action

Charles R. Wolfe, M.R.P., Esq., Program Co-Chair
Attorney at Law / Seattle., WA

Post mortem on efforts in the 2009 legislature to provide appropriate legislation for a mixture of housing types; progress towards a consensus legislative package for 2010 including the players involved, areas of agreement, and sticking points

Sara Nikolic, Urban Strategies Director
Futurewise / Seattle, WA

Alison Van Gorp, Director, Urban Policy
Cascade Land Conservancy / Seattle, WA

3:30 pm


3:45 pm

Wrap-Up Discussion: Perspectives on What Should Happen Next and Where

Update on the Urban Land Institute's Innovations Workshop

John W. Hempelmann, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Cairncross & Hempelmann, P.S. / Seattle, WA

Patrick Callahan, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Urban Renaissance Group / Seattle, WA

Jeanette L. Henderson, Esq., Director of Real Estate
University of Washington Real Estate Office / Seattle, WA

Shawna Sherman, Director of Community Outreach
Urban Land Institute / Seattle, WA

5:30 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders

Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 7 WA CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a DVD recording and the course materials (either a binder or searchable CD), is available for $705. The course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your Homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or from the date we receive payment.
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Faculty Bios

John W. Hempelmann, a founding partner at Cairncross & Hempelmann, P.S., focuses on land use, natural resources and real estate development. He helped form the legislation that governs Washington's land use law and assists clients with natural resource permit processes and real estate development projects. He has participated in TOD and Smart Growth programs across the country and was one of the leaders of the Innovations Workshop which studied TOD around future Sound Transit stations.

Charles R. Wolfe, M.R.P., Program Co-Chair, attorney at law, focuses on redevelopment and Brownfields issues and related due diligence, permitting, negotiation and administrative advocacy, and worked on several of the region's most prominent Brownfields sites. He was named "One of the top 10 environmental and natural resources lawyers in Washington State" by Washington CEO Magazine and a "Super Lawyer" by Washington Law and Politics.

G.B. Arrington, Principal Practice Leader for the PlaceMaking Group at Parsons Brinckerhoff, is responsible for providing strategic direction and leading Parsons Brinckerhoff's global TOD practice. He is internationally recognized as a leader in TOD.

Patrick Callahan, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Urban Renaissance Group, a full-service real estate company, drives the vision, strategy and overall direction of the company. Previously he was Senior Vice President at Equity Office Properties.

Joni Earl, Chief Executive Officer of Sound Transit, is responsible for all aspects of Sound Transit, including its capital and operating programs. Past positions include Deputy County Executive of Snohomish County, City Manager of Mill Creek, and Director of Internal Management and Chief Fiscal Officer for Kitsap County.

Bert Gregory, FAIA, President and CEO of Mithun, Inc., is a recognized expert in the development of resource-efficient TOD structures and communities, and advocate for sustainable building and urbanism.

Jeanette L. Henderson, Director of Real Estate at the University of Washington Real Estate Office, leads a staff of real estate professionals conducting real property transactions, asset and project management, finance and accounting services to University of Washington campuses, medical centers, research field stations, biological preserves and various international locations.

Richard F. Krochalis, Regional Administrator for the Federal Transit Administration's Region 10, is responsible for the administration of FTA's capital, operating and planning programs for Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska. He provides technical assistance to grantees and state, local and private sector officials on matters affecting urban and rural transportation.

Sara Nikolic, Urban Strategies Director at Futurewise, focuses on urban sustainable land use.

Shawna Sherman, Director of Community Outreach at Urban Land Institute, focuses on the ULI Seattle Reality Check/Quality Growth Alliance program and the ULI - Enterprise Workforce Housing Initiative. Previously she was a project manager in real estate development, working on the preservation of affordable housing and creation of urban, mixed-use workforce housing.

Hugh D. Spitzer, member at Foster Pepper PLLC, practices public finance law and teaches local government law at the University of Washington School of Law. He is well-known for structuring public-private and intergovernmental cooperative arrangements.

Dan Stroh, Planning Director at the City of Bellevue Planning and Community Development, oversees the city's programs in comprehensive planning, neighborhood outreach, and economic development. He has led efforts that include the Downtown Implementation Plan, Bellevue Environmental Scan, and transportation concurrency planning.

Alison Van Gorp, Director of Urban Policyr at Cascade Land Conservancy, teams with stakeholders and leads the development of urban policy and effective planning tools to create livable communities while conserving working farms, forests and natural areas. She oversees efforts to advocate for regional, state and federal policy to support well-planned growth and directs the Cascade Agenda Cities Program.

Gregory A. Walker, AICP, Policy and Planning Officer at Sound Transit, focuses on transit systems planning, project and investment program development and transit system operations analysis. He is responsible for leading the development of the ST2 Plan.