Law Seminars International Presents

An important two-day conference on the promises and challenges of the

Growth Management Act

New directives on density, traffic concurrency, affordable housing, critical areas regulation and other aspects of GMA implementation

October 15 & 16, 2007
Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza in Tampa, FL
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Who Should Attend

Attorneys, real estate developers, city and county officials, planners, consultants, and those involved in managing growth and development in Florida

Why Attend

Development and growth management in Florida are in a state of constant change. As the state legislature changes laws, local governments change their codes to look at form and design, referenda seek to limit how government operates by seeking constitutional and charter changes, and insurance and property tax issues influence an unstable marketplace. The only absolute truth is that the regulatory environment is becoming more complicated to navigate. This two day conference will provide a comprehensive update on this year's developments and focus conversation on the direction that growth management could take during the next year. ~ Program Co-Chairs: Joseph G. Goldstein, Esq. and Stanley B. Price, Esq.

What You Will Learn

~ Administrative and judicial review of comp plan amendments ~ 2007 legislative session ~ Initiatives and referendum ~ Bert J. Harris Act ~ Preliminary development agreements ~ 163 - Mediation (comp plans) ~ Comp plans: Handling a hearing ~ Traffic concurrency ~ New urbanism ~ School concurrency ~ Impact fees: Ad Valorem taxation and affordable housing ~ Urban boundary lines: Issues and political realities ~ Water management


Monday, October 15, 2007

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  Joseph G. Goldstein, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Holland & Knight LLP / Miami, FL
  Stanley B. Price, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP / Miami, FL
8:45 am Administrative and Judicial Review of Comp Plan Amendments
  A discussion of the latest Department of Community Affairs policies and the most recent and interesting challenges to comprehensive plans throughout the state
  Charles L. Siemon, Esq.
Siemon & Larsen, P.A. / Boca Raton, FL
9:30 am 2007 Legislative Session
  A summary of the 2007 session and the special session on ad valorem taxation and insurance issues
  Wade L. Hopping, Esq.
Hopping Green & Sams, P.A. / Tallahassee, FL
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Initiatives and Referendum
  A point-counterpoint discussion of the legal and practical benefits and problems that are created by initiative and referendum efforts to control land use and development
  Carter N. McDowell, Esq.
Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP / Miami, FL
  W. Tucker Gibbs, Esq.
Law Office of W. Tucker Gibbs / Coconut Grove, FL
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm Bert J. Harris Act
  The latest on private property rights actions and efforts to resolve disputes
  Ronald L. Weaver, Esq.
Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. / Tampa, FL
2:00 pm Developments of Regional Impacts and Pre-Development Agreements: What's New and Why
  The DRI process: How to meet the market; the latest nuances, advantages and limitations associated with entering into preliminary development agreements to allow development to proceed in advance of DRI approval
  Nancy G. Linnan, Esq.
Carlton Fields / Tallahassee, FL
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm 163 - Mediation (Comp Plans)
  Case studies of alternative dispute resolution efforts to resolve comprehensive plan challenges and their efficacy
  Rafael A. Montalvo, Associate Director
Florida Conflict Resolution Consortium / Orlando, FL
3:45 pm Comp Plans: Handling a Hearing
  A practical approach to negotiating the array of hearings required in order to amend a local comprehensive plan
  Dennis D. Mele, Esq.
Ruden McClosky Smith Schuster & Russell, PA / Fort Lauderdale, FL
4:30 pm Traffic Concurrency: Creative Approaches
  From pipe lining to transit-based concurrency and TCEAs to TCMAs: An update of the latest efforts to implement the recent developments in traffic concurrency
  Robert C. Apgar, Esq.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP / Tallahassee, FL
5:15 pm Reception for Attendees and Faculty Sponsored by Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP and Holland & Knight LLP

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  Joseph G. Goldstein, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Holland & Knight LLP / Miami, FL
  Stanley B. Price, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP / Miami, FL
8:45 am New Urbanism: Practical Issues
  Practical perspectives on the newest urbanism; zoning process; the architect's interaction with clients Land planner perspective
  Erick Valle, President
Valle Valle, Incorporated / Coral Gables, FL
  Legal perspective
  Jean A. Roush-Burnett, Esq.
Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. / Orlando, FL
10:15 am Break
10:30 am School Concurrency
  An update on the practical aspects of implementing school concurrency as many local governments are ready to adopt ordinances mandated by section 163.3180(13), Florida Statutes
  Susan L. Trevarthen, Esq.
Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, P.L. / Fort Lauderdale, FL
11:15 am Impact Fees: Ad Valorem Taxation: Affordable Housing
  A discussion of the constraints limiting and latest efforts to ensure the provision of low, moderate and workforce housing during a time of inflating land, impact fee, insurance and property tax costs
  Michael Y. Cannon, MAI, SRA, Executive Director
Integra Realty Resources, Inc / Miami, FL
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm Urban Boundary Lines: Issues and Political Realities
  Are urban service boundaries an effective planning and growth management tool? The issues and realities surrounding service boundaries in Miami-Dade County; Portland, Oregon and other experiments in setting limits
  Joseph G. Goldstein, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Holland & Knight LLP / Miami, FL
  Stanley B. Price, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP / Miami, FL
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm Water Management
  The emerging issues arising as local governments, water management districts and state agencies work to implement the state-mandated goals to provide potable water from alternative supplies and promote reuse
  Roger D. Schwenke, Esq.
Carlton Fields / Tampa, FL
  Roger W. Sims, Esq.
Holland & Knight LLP / Orlando, FL
4:15 pm Evaluations & Adjourn


Regular tuition for this program is $895 with a group rate of $795 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $695. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $447.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Cancellation & Substitution

You may substitute another person at any time. We will refund tuition, less a $50 cancellation fee, if we receive your cancellation by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9, 2007. After that time, we will credit your tuition toward attendance at another program or the purchase of a Homestudy. There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders.

Continuing Education Credits

FL CLE credits are pending. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The conference will be held at the Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza at 4200 Jim Walter Blvd. in Tampa, FL 33607. Call the hotel directly at (800) 228-9290 for reservations at the special negotiated rate of $190 and mention that you are attending a Law Seminars International conference. Rooms are on a first come, first served basis.
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If You Cannot Attend

Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a VHS or DVD recording and the written course materials, is available for $905. The written course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your Homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or the date we receive payment (whichever is later).
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Faculty Bios

Joseph G. Goldstein, partner at Holland & Knight LLP, is a land use and environmental lawyer, representing developers and private property owners. He has extensive experience in obtaining approvals of Developments of Regional Impact, zoning and comprehensive plan amendments.

Stanley B. Price, partner at Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP, chairs the Land Use & Government Relations Group. He has been the principal draftsman of important land use legislation, and is an expert on owners' and developers' rights, and complex zoning and permitting issues.

Robert C. Apgar, shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, represents private clients and local governments litigating major land use issues, including vested rights, taking claims, and comprehensive plan compliance. He has taught land use law as an adjunct professor at Florida State University and is a "Florida Super Lawyer."

Michael Y. Cannon is the Executive Director of Integra Realty Resources, Inc., a national real estate counseling and valuation firm. He is also President of AREEA Investment Advisory & Management Services, Inc. and AREEA, Inc., performing advisory and brokerage services including acquisitions, dispositions, and lease negotiations.

W. Tucker Gibbs of the Law Office of W. Tucker Gibbs specializes in land use and municipal law, representing homeowners and homeowners groups that often object to development applications. He has developed municipal charter amendments regarding height and density and other land use matters.

Wade L. Hopping, partner at Hopping Green & Sams, P.A., practices in the areas of Legislative, Land Use and Growth Management, and Environmental Law. He is listed in "Best Lawyers in America", "Florida Super Lawyers", "Florida Trend's Legal Elite", and "Chambers USA."

Nancy G. Linnan, shareholder at Carlton Fields, is the Government Law and Consulting Practice Group Leader. She works with developments of regional impact, comprehensive plan amendments, sector plans and local land use approvals. She is listed in "Florida Trend's Legal Elite", "The Best Lawyers in America", "Florida Super Lawyers", and "Chambers USA."

Carter N. McDowell, partner at Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP, focuses on land use, growth management, environmental and administrative law. He is listed in "Chambers USA", "Florida Super Lawyers", "Best Lawyers in America", and "Florida Trend's Legal Elite."

Dennis D. Mele, partner at Ruden McClosky Smith Schuster & Russell, PA, concentrates his practice in zoning, environmental, land use and governmental law, representing clients seeking development entitlements. Previously, he was a land planner with the South Florida Regional Planning Council, Broward County and the City of Coconut Creek.

Rafael A. Montalvo, Associate Director of the Florida Conflict Resolution Consortium at the University of Central Florida, mediates large and small-scale processes to build consensus around controversial public policy issues, and trains public and private sector leaders in public policy consensus-building. Previously he was an urban planner.

Jean A. Roush-Burnett, of counsel at Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., practices in the Land Use and Zoning, and Developments Of Regional Impact Groups. She drafted Orlando's Land Development Code and negotiated the transfer of the Orlando Naval Training Center from the U.S. Navy to the city and then to Orlando NTC Partners.

Roger D. Schwenke, partner at Carlton Fields, focuses on environmental, water law and real estate law. He served as the ABA Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission's Uniform Environmental Covenants Act and is a former Chair of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section of the Florida Bar. He is listed in "Who's Who in America" and in "Best Lawyers in America."

Charles L. Siemon, a planning and planning law consultant at Siemon & Larsen, P.A., provides professional services to clients on land use matters. He prepares community redevelopment plans, design and market feasibility, public/private partnerships and development entitlements on projects.

Roger W. Sims, a partner with Holland & Knight LLP, chairs the Water Resources Team and practices in the areas of water resources, environmental and land use law. He is listed in the "Best Lawyers in America", "Chambers USA", and "Florida Trend's Legal Elite."

Susan L. Trevarthen, member at Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, P.L., chairs the Municipal Land Use and Zoning Group, representing local governments in the areas of land use, local government and environmental law. She also has experience in public school concurrency.

Erick Valle is President of Valle Valle, Incorporated, a town planning and architecture design firm, and also Chair/Creative Director of "nuw" a real estate development company he co-founded. He has received numerous awards and has been commissioned by local governments to develop zoning regulations and to master plan for future growth.

Ronald L. Weaver, shareholder and senior partner at Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A., is Chairman of the Environmental and Land Use Law Department. He advises landowners, development companies, and local governments. He is listed in "Chambers USA" and "Florida Trend's Legal Elite."