5th Annual Zoning & Land Use Conference

Date November 13, 2014
Time 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Miami University VOA Learning Center
7847 VOA Park Drive
West Chester, OH 45069

9:10a.m.-10:00a.m.    Zoning and Land Use Legal Update

Speaker: Scott Phillips, Esq., Frost Brown Todd LLC

Description of Presentation: The session will focus on updates in zoning and land use-related case law and legislation at both the state and federal level.  Attendees will learn of new legal developments in the areas of sign regulations, eminent domain, the extent of authority to zone, and other recent challenges to zoning regulation.

10:00a.m.-10:50a.m.   Planning in Suburban Communities

Speaker: C. Gregory Dale, FAICP, McBride Dale Clarion

Description of Presentation:  This presentation will explore the way in which demographic and economic trends are influencing suburban communities, and the way that those communities can adjust their planning to account for these trends.

10:50a.m.-11:00a.m.   Break

11:00a.m.-12:00p.m.   Panel Discussion: Economic Development

Speakers: Michael Juengling, West Chester Township; Caroline McKinney, Liberty Township; Martin Russell, Warren County; final participant TBD.

Description of Presentation: This panel will consist of four economic development directors from different township and county governments involved in recent high-profile commercial development projects in their respective communities. Panel discussion will primarily focus on providing an overview to attendees on the involved projects, the types of land use, zoning, political, and economic development tools used to bring such project to fruition, and how such successes can be duplicated elsewhere.  Panel discussion will also pertain to more generalized Ohio economic development trends, legislative updates, and potential tools for conference attendees’ subsequent use.

12:00p.m.-1:15p.m.    Lunch

Working with the Community and Trends in Residential Development

Speaker: Tom Humes, President and Chief Executive Officer of Great Traditions

Description of Presentation:  Mr. Humes will discuss his experiences in dealing with community opposition to proposed development. This will include an investigation of what he has found to be best practices for heading off community opposition before it arises, as well as dealing with community opposition once it becomes known. Mr. Humes will also discuss the newer trends that  he has observed in residential development.

1:15p.m.-1:30p.m.       Break

1:30p.m.-2:20p.m.       Breakout Session 1 – Option 1

Small Scale Community Homes, Assisted Living Facilities, and Food Trucks

Speakers: Jennifer Readler, Esq., Frost Brown Todd LLC

Description of Presentation: This presentation will explore the challenges that local governments face when trying to craft regulations to govern small scale community homes, assisted living facilities, and food trucks. Each of these types of businesses are growing in popularity across Ohio, and many existing regulatory structures are simply not equipped to adequately handle them.

Breakout Session 1 – Option 2

Form Based Code Updates

Speakers: Phil Hartmann, Esq., Frost Brown Todd, LLC and Marion Haynes, Esq., City of Cincinnati

Description of Presentation: This presentation will consist of an examination of the procedures utilized by the cities of Dublin and Cincinnati in adopting form based codes on a limited basis. Now that the limited form based codes in these communities have been in place for a couple of years, they are in a position to share their observations regarding the successes, failures, and challenges associated with encouraging economic development through a fundamentally different form of zoning.

Breakout Session 1 – Option 3

Ethics in Zoning

Speakers: Benjamin Yoder, Esq., Frost Brown Todd LLC

Description of Presentation:  This session will focus primarily on Ohio’s Ethics Rules, as applied to both private developers and public officials working in the field of land use and zoning.  Attendees will learn the importance of operating in good faith, identifying various potential conflicts of interest, ways of successfully resolving ethics conflicts, and potential legal consequence for violations thereof.  Significant emphasis will be placed on hypothetical fact pattern discussions surrounding the typical ethic dilemmas most commonly faced by local zoning and land use practitioners, e.g., quasi-ex parte communication with BZA members, legislative pressures on the zoning and land use process, and (in)appropriate interests in zoning permit approvals.

2:20p.m.-2:30p.m.       Break

2:30p.m.-3:30p.m.       Breakout Session 2 – Option 1

Trends in Land Use

Speaker:  Emily Crow, AICP, and Elizabeth Fields, AICP, McBride Dale Clarion

Description of Presentation: This presentation will examine the ways in which communities are trying to address quality of place and design in land use plans and zoning regulations.

Breakout Session 2 – Option 2

Financing Toolbox

Speaker:  Emmett Kelley, Esq. and David Rogers, Esq., Frost Brown Todd LLC

Description of Presentation: The program will cover financing options and incentive use structures for the benefit of governmental issuers and developers aid public infrastructure improvements and foster private infrastructure investment and development.  The discussion will include traditional economic development and P3 (public private partnership) financing and incentive opportunities. 

Breakout Session 2 – Option 3

Regulating Signs

Speaker:  Charles Galvin, Esq. and Austin Musser, Esq., Frost Brown Todd LLC

Description of Presentation:  This presentation will provide a broad look at the laws governing communities as they seek to find an appropriate balance between allowing some freedom of speech, but avoiding sign overkill. The presentation will look at the different forms of scrutiny that Courts will apply when considering challenges to different kinds of signs, and will discuss some of the limitations that local governments face in crafting appropriate sign regulations.