Law Seminars International Presents

A Comprehensive Two-Day Conference on

Land Use and Growth in Georgia

New regulations, rules and challenges

January 17 & 18, 2008
Crowne Plaza Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta, GA
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Who Should Attend

Lawyers, real estate professionals, governmental officials, planners, policy makers, consultants and engineers

Why Attend

As Georgia's economy and population explode, this timely conference addresses the increasing pressures of growth and development. Find out what is being done legislatively and through state, regional and local regulatory agencies to manage this expansion. Policy makers and leading attorneys will discuss the pertinent issues of air quality, wetland and stream buffer protection and variations in local regulations and procedures that form the framework within which development occurs in urban and rural areas. Ethical issues in dealing with administrative agencies and elected bodies as well as U.S. Supreme Court rulings, combine to create an informative, engaging two-day program that will further your understanding and deepen your expertise when grappling with growth issues. This conference brings together professionals with extensive practical experience in land use and development issues, from attorneys and engineers to elected and administrative officials, each with unique perspectives and insights into these important topics. ~ Program Co-Chairs: Gerald L. Pouncey, Jr., Esq. and Kathryn M. Zickert, Esq.

What You Will Learn

~Local, regional and state land use planning in Georgia ~Regulatory developments ~Case law updates ~Legislative activity ~Greenhouse gas impacts ~The new state water plan ~Stormwater runoff as a land-use planning driver ~Updates on the Clean Water Act jurisdiction ~Redevelopment of contaminated properties ~Tax allocation districts ~The economy factor in development decisions ~Sustainability programs and green building ~Navigating the permitting process ~Ethical hazards


Thursday, January 17, 2008

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction and Overview
  Gerald L. Pouncey, Jr., Esq., Program Co-Chair
Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP / Atlanta, GA
  Kathryn M. Zickert, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP / Atlanta, GA
8:45 am Special Opening Address: What are the Most Appropriate Roles for Local, Regional and State Land Use Planning in Georgia?
  The Hon. Samuel Olens, Esq., Special Address
Atlanta Regional Commission / Atlanta, GA
9:30 am New Developments: Regulatory Decisions in 2007-2008
  Carl Westmoreland, Esq.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP / Atlanta, GA
10:15 am Break
10:30 am New Developments: Land Use Decisions Coming Out of the Courts
  Recent changes in zoning and planning case law; urban development
  Kathryn M. Zickert, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP / Atlanta, GA
11:15 am New Developments: The Annexation Statute and Other Legislative Activity
  How the statute completely changes the law; other developments and what is likely to be proposed during the next session
  Bradley C. Skidmore, Esq.
Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. / Atlanta, GA
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm Greenhouse Gas Impacts as Emerging Issue for Local Government
  Update on Fulton County’s participation in the Chicago Climate Exchange as a seller of credits after reducing emissions from two landfills; prospects for the county to consider greenhouse gas emissions as part of the growth management process
  Anthony Spencer, Solid Waste Manager
Fulton County Department of Public Works / Atlanta, GA
2:00 pm The New State Water Plan
  New governance with huge economic impacts
  Harold F. Reheis, P.E., Senior Vice President
Joe Tanner & Associates / Atlanta, GA
  The Plan's effects on strategies for the development community
  Craig K. Pendergrast, Esq.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP / Atlanta, GA
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm Stormwater Runoff Issues as Drivers for Land Use Planning
  Stormwater and other water quality issues; NPDES issues in permits and plans; variances and impositions by counties of stream buffers; marine buffer variances
  Tony Campbell, Manager Storm Water Unit
Georgia Environmental Protection Division / Cartersville, GA
  John McCullom, Program Manager
Georgia Environmental Protection Division / Athens, GA
4:45 pm New Wetlands Case Law: Regulations and Guidance on Clean Water Act Jurisdiction
  William J. Sheppard, Esq.
Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP / Atlanta, GA
5:30 pm Reception for Faculty and Attendees Sponsored by Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP and Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP

Friday, January 18, 2008

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction and Overview
  Gerald L. Pouncey, Jr., Esq., Program Co-Chair
Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP / Atlanta, GA
  Kathryn M. Zickert, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP / Atlanta, GA
8:45 am Redevelopment of Contaminated Properties
  How to develop cleanup, regulatory and risk allocation strategies which ensure the property is marketable upon redevelopment
  Gerald L. Pouncey, Jr., Esq., Program Co-Chair
Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP / Atlanta, GA
9:30 am Effective Use of Tax Allocation Districts
  How they can be set up and used to fund infrastructure demands
  Sharon A. Gay, Esq.
McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP / Atlanta, GA
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Effect of the Current Economy in Atlanta on Development Decisions
  Economic development perspective on the business environment for future growth
  Charles Krautler, Director
Atlanta Regional Commission / Atlanta, GA
11:15 am Incorporating Sustainability Programs and Green Building into Development
  How to's from a legal, economic and practical standpoint
  Stephen E. O'Day, Esq.
Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP / Atlanta, GA
12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm Putting it All Together: Effective Strategies for Navigating the Permitting Process
  The layers of permitting; permitting checklist
  Kathryn M. Zickert, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP / Atlanta, GA
  Agency perspective
  Stephen Rothman, Esq.
Wilson Brock & Irby LLC / Atlanta, GA
  Consultant perspective
  David Buckel, Esq., Vice President and Partner
Wolverton & Associates, Inc. / Duluth, GA
  Outside counsel perspective
  R. J. Nutter, II, Esq.
Troutman Sanders LLP / Virginia Beach, VA
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm Ethical Issues for Lawyers in Dealing with Administrative Agencies and Elected Bodies
  What you can and cannot say to an agency or elected official; attorney-client privilege; conflicts of interest; conflicts for elected officials
  Douglas Chalmers, Jr., Esq.
McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP / Atlanta, GA
4:30 pm Evaluations and 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 Friday, January 11, 2008. 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

This program qualifies for 13 GA CLE including 1 ethics credits. GA Appraiser credits are pending. All approved Appraiser courses qualify for GA Real Estate credit. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Buckhead Hotel at 3377 Peachtree Rd. NE in Atlanta, GA 30326. Call the hotel directly at (800) 526-0247 for reservations at the special negotiated rate of $99 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

Gerald L. Pouncey, Jr., Program Co-Chair, heads the Environmental Law and Land Use Section of Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP. His primary focus is the redevelopment of, and litigation concerning, environmentally impacted properties (including state and federal superfund sites) and corporate mergers/acquisitions involving such properties.

Kathryn M. Zickert, Program Co-Chair, heads the Zoning and Land Use Business Unit at Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP, where she primarily represents developers in administrative proceedings and litigation. She has written on zoning and other land use ordinances throughout Georgia.

The Hon. Samuel Olens, Esq., Special Address, Chairman of the Board of Cobb County, and of the Atlanta Regional Commission, is experienced in government and civic associations affecting Georgia land use. His leadership spans community affairs, water planning, traffic congestion mitigation, health and community services and environmental interest programs.

David Buckel is Vice President and Partner of Wolverton & Associates, Inc. His responsibilities include oversight for the Site department which offers professional services in Civil Engineering including strategies to maximize the best use of a site and assist with planning and permitting to address critical issues early in the design process.

Tony Campbell is the Manager of the Storm Water Unit, Mountain District Office, at the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. He is responsible for regulating NPDES permitted sites in 35 counties working with local issuing authorities to bring consistency to the enforcement of the Storm Water Program across the state.

Douglas Chalmers, Jr., partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, focuses on complex business litigation. He also represents public officials, PACs and businesses in connection with government ethics, election and campaign finance law. Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine named him a Georgia Super Lawyer "Rising Star".

Sharon Gay, partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, concentrates on state and local government law, particularly land use, zoning and tax allocation district financing. She and her colleagues pioneered the use of tax allocation district financing in Georgia and she has worked with developers and local governments to create TADs and issue bonds to finance redevelopment costs for large mixed-use development projects and for redevelopment of industrial properties and Brownfields.

Charles "Chick" Krautler, Director of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), the official metropolitan planning organization for the 18-county, 66-city Atlanta Region, oversees and directs regional planning programs in transportation, air quality, the environment, land use, water supply and quality.

John McCollum, Program Manager, leads the Storm Water Unit of Georgia EPD's Northeast District Office. His unit is responsible for monitoring compliance and providing information and education to the regulated community on regulatory compliance, as well as resolving documented noncompliance through appropriate enforcement actions.

R.J. Nutter, II, partner and Zoning and Land Use Practice Group Leader, focuses on land use and environmental law, municipal corporations, commercial development, real estate investments and annexations. He was named to Virginia Business magazine's Legal Elite in real estate/construction, recognized in Best Lawyers in America, and in Virginia Super Lawyers.

Stephen E. O'Day, partner at Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP, is in charge of the firm's Environmental Law Practice. He focuses on environmental legislation and common law issues and has participated in administrative proceedings in the usage of real property to be in compliance with federal and state environmental laws. He was named a "Georgia Super Lawyer" in environmental law.

Craig K. Pendergrast, partner in Seyfarth Shaw LLP's Litigation Department, specializes in environmental, real estate and complex commercial dispute resolution. He works with the firm's Real Estate Practice Group and Business Services Department addressing environmental matters. He is also on the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District's Technical Coordinating Committee.

Harold F. Reheis, Senior Vice President at Joe Tanner & Associates is a specialist in governmental and regulatory affairs and nationally known for his expertise in environmental protection matters. Previously he was Director of the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Stephen Rothman, partner at Wilson Brock & Irby, L.L.C., focuses on zoning, land use issues and developer-related services in the metro-Atlanta area. His background includes local government land use including prior employment with the City of Atlanta Bureau of Planning and Bureau of Buildings and with the Fulton County Attorney's office.

William L. Sheppard, partner in Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP's Environmental, and Construction Practice Groups, focuses on real estate litigation and transactions and land use, direct and inverse condemnation and development issues.
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Bradley C. Skidmore, Senior Attorney in the Real Estate and National Litigation Practice at Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., is also outside counsel to national and regional real estate development companies. He represents clients in negotiations with state and local governments for the development and acquisition of private and state-owned facilities involving tax credits and zoning matters.

Anthony Spencer, Solid Waste Manager, Fulton County Department of Public Works, is responsible for all solid waste programs and operations for Fulton County Government. He is directly involved in the Department's plan to sell Carbon Credits on the Chicago Climate Exchange.

Carl Westmoreland, partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, is a member of the Real Estate Practice Group concentrating on zoning and land use issues. His emphasis is on local government work, primarily representing real estate developers in land use and rezoning issues. He was named by Woodward White, Inc. for it's 2007 edition of the Best Lawyers in America for Land Use and Zoning Law.