Audio CD + Course Book

Commercial Land Use and Zoning Law

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

March, 2018

Product ID#:

78352CDRA

Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • AZ CLE - 6.00
From Event: Commercial Land Use and Zoning Law, held March 2018.

Program Description

This insightful guide will walk you through the relevant federal, state and local laws impacting land use and zoning so you can anticipate potential legal issues. Then you will learn how to smoothly navigate the land use approval and permitting process and discover how to effectively challenge an adverse permitting decision. You will also learn how to resolve code violations and pick up strategies for limiting environmental and land use liability in commercial real estate transactions. Build the foundations of a successful land use practice - order today!

Course Content

  1. Federal, State and Local Law on Commercial Real Estate Zoning and Land Use
  2. Site Plan, Zoning Applications, Financing and Environmental Assessments
  3. Requesting Variances, Rezoning and Conditional Use Permits
  4. Planning Board/Zoning Board of Appeal Hearings and Challenging Adverse Decisions
  5. Resolving Disputes Over Land Use Code Violations
  6. Legal Ethics

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 AZ - Credit Approval Expiration 03/29/2020 *


* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Federal, State and Local Law on Commercial Real Estate Zoning and Land Use
    9:00 - 10:00, Paul E. Gilbert
    1. Federal Laws/Regulations (RLUIPA and More)
    2. State and Local Zoning Ordinances and Regulations
    3. Environmental Laws Affecting Commercial Land Use
    4. Constitutional Aspects
    5. Exclusionary Zoning
    6. Signs and Billboards
    7. Eminent Domain
    8. Current Case Law Updates
  2. Site Plan, Zoning Applications, Financing and Environmental Assessments
    10:15 - 11:15, Noel J. Griemsmann and Nicholas J. Wood
    1. Site Plan Applications and Site Plan Review
    2. Zoning Applications (Planned Unit Development, Overlay Districts, etc.)
    3. Subdivision Process and Applications
    4. Historic District Zoning - Navigating Complex Hurdles
    5. Government Property Lease Excise Tax (GPLET's)
  3. Requesting Variances, Rezoning and Conditional Use Permits
    11:15 - 12:15, Jeffrey D. Gross and Wendy R. Riddell
    1. Understanding the Zoning Amendment and Variance Process
    2. Requirements for a Variance and Variance Applications (with Samples)
    3. How to Handle Rezoning Applications (with Samples)
    4. Requesting Conditional and Special Use Permits (with Samples)
  4. Planning Board/Zoning Board of Appeal Hearings and Challenging Adverse Decisions
    1:15 - 2:15, Kay Bigelow
    1. Key Mistakes That Result in Blocked Projects
    2. What to Expect and how to Prepare
    3. Preparing, Presenting and Cross Examining Key Expert Witnesses
    4. Appealing Adverse Zoning Decisions to the Court
    5. Appeals Filed by Abutters Challenging a Permitting Decision
    6. Constitutional Challenges to Disputed Zoning Ordinances
    7. Litigation Strategy
    8. Negotiation and Settlement Strategies for Both Sides
  5. Resolving Disputes Over Land Use Code Violations
    2:30 - 3:30, Paul E. Gilbert
  6. Legal Ethics
    3:30 - 4:30, Nicholas J. Wood
    1. Ethical Issues in the Planning and Zoning Arena
    2. Conflicts of Interest
    3. Ex Parte Communications
    4. Ethics for Government Lawyers

KAY BIGELOW is an attorney with Bigelow Law Offices, PLC. Because of her many years of practice for governmental entities, Ms. Bigelow has a deep understanding of the government regulations governing land use and zoning issues, as well as the governmental motivations underlying them. She also has experience in the formation and funding of special taxing districts (both municipal and county), redevelopment incentives and economic development incentives. Ms. Bigelow also is well versed in areas that are specific to public entities, such as public finance, access to public records and open meeting laws. She has done jury and bench trials and motion trial practice, as well as appellate work flowing from the trial cases. Ms. Bigelow has briefed arguments and argued successfully before both the Arizona Court of Appeals and Arizona Supreme Court for her clients. She is admitted to the State Bar of Arizona; the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Ms. Bigelow earned her B.S. degree from the University of Arizona and J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Arizona.

PAUL E. GILBERT is a founding manager in the law firm of Beus Gilbert PLLC, where his practice experience includes all aspects of zoning and land use planning law at the legislative, administrative and litigation levels. He has lectured for the State Bar of Arizona and for several planning associations and municipal and county government seminars. Mr. Gilbert earned his B.S. degree, cum laude, from Brigham Young University and his J.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was on the Law Review Board. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Arizona.

NOEL J. GRIEMSMANN is a senior urban planner with Snell & Wilmer, who is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners. Mr. Griemsmann provides complete entitlement and development services for his clients, encompassing the entire development cycle from site evaluation and feasibility, to entitlement processing and on through project permitting and final disposition of the resulting asset. He provides knowledgeable guidance in navigating complex governmental processes, including entitlements (rezonings, condition modifications, use permits, variances and appeals), land division (subdivisions, lot splits, easements and abandonments of public rights-of-way), construction permitting (design review approvals, site plan approvals and construction plan reviews) and public engagement (citizen participation programs, neighborhood engagement and stakeholder communication). Mr. Griemsmann is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, certified planner, the American Planning Association, the Arizona Planning Association, and the Arizona Planning Association. He earned his Masters of Urban & Environmental Planning degree from Arizona State University and his B.S. degree in urban planning, cum laude, also from Arizona State University.

JEFFREY D. GROSS is an attorney with Berry Riddell LLC, where he practices in the areas of real estate litigation, including eminent domain, zoning, inverse condemnation and real estate valuation disputes. He has extensive experience in eminent domain and land use matters at the government, trial court and appellate court levels in city, state, federal and tribal jurisdictions. Mr. Gross is on the Real Estate Advisory Commission of the State Bar of Arizona and is an adjunct professor at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, where he teaches courses in land use advocacy and trial practice. Mr. Gross earned his B.S. degree from Arizona State University and his J.D. degree, with distinction, from the University of Arizona.

WENDY R. RIDDELL is founding and managing partner with Berry Riddell LLC, where she practices in the areas of land use law and lobbying, advising and guiding such significant projects as Westgate, Honor Health campuses valley-wide, Parkman Ranch, The Preserve at Goldfield Ranch and campuses for the Diocese of Phoenix, including Xavier College Preparatory. Ms. Riddell earned her B.A. degree from Colgate University and her J.D. degree from Arizona State University.

NICHOLAS J. WOOD is a partner in the Phoenix office of the law firm of Snell & Wilmer, where he practices in the area of zoning and land use planning. Mr. Wood is a former adjunct professor of law (property) at Marquette University Law School. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Maricopa County Bar Association, State Bar of Arizona, Colorado Bar Association, and the State Bar of Wisconsin. Mr. Wood earned his B.S. degree, cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, his LL.M. degree from DePaul University Law School and his J.D. degree from Marquette University Law School.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

AZ CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
03/29/2020
Includes - Ethics: 1.00
The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to 6.0 hours toward your annual MCLE Interactive CLE requirement for the State of Arizona, including 1.0 hour of professional responsibility Interactive CLE credit.


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