NPC17 Program: 2017 National Planning Conference
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Drones offer great opportunities for the development of geographic information in support of planning, but they also endanger public safety, and raise grave issues about the invasion of civil rights, including illegal searches and privacy.
This session is a multi-state perspective on good drafting techniques, the common pitfalls that lead to unclear ordinances, and legal and judicial perspectives on the results. This session will examine why drafting individual ordinances, “simplifying” or “streamlining” ordinances, or combining them into a unified code, all need to be done with care.
Lower federal courts have overwhelmingly held that cities can continue to regulate off-premise signs and commercial signs following Reed vs. Town of Gilbert. But there are significant new challenges to sign and other local regulations of First Amendment-protected speech. Explore strategies and tactics for defensible and practical sign regulation in the post-Reed era.
More than a decade has passed since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Kelo vs. City of New London. How has political and legal hostility to eminent domain caused planners to pursue avenues not dependent on involuntary acquisitions? Explore the ways the public and legislative responses have affected the strategies remaining for planners.
Airbnb. HomeAway. VRBO. Learn about the legal and land-use challenges posed by the growth of short-term rentals—and find out how communities have used land-use regulations to address these issues.
Explore the small town or rural area planner’s role and share realistic tips on addressing legal, ethical, and social equity issues resulting from the planner’s unique relationship with the applicant and public “where everyone knows everyone else’s business.” Includes dinner. All conference attendees are welcome.
Parks, sidewalks, and streets: these are spaces for which planners plan, but also places that carry special legal protections for free speech and religious exercise. This session will discuss legal and planning principles that public space planners should know.
Is it an easement or a fee interest? Dedication or conveyance? Planners’ work is closely intertwined with interests in land. This session offers an overview of everything a planner wants to know about real estate law.