Legal and Legislative Session - Court Case Rulings; Civil V. Criminal Enforcement; Testifying; and Legislative Actions

Rural Planning Caucus of Virginia


Friday, October 20, 2017
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT

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Planners regularly work with Zoning Ordinances and other code provisions in undertaking their duties. Many also work with guidelines or policies adopted by their local governments. Whenever local ordinances or government decisions are challenged in courts, the decisions impact both current and future land use decisions and planning efforts. Participants of this session will consider legal standing and land use practices relative to codified/un-codified policies and guidelines. Participants will gain insight regarding the application of reliable and defensible ordinance guidelines, and how knowledge of court decisions might best be applied in their decision-making processes. Participants will also be given strategies to affectively testify in a court proceeding.  Greg Kamptner, a prominent Virginia land use attorney, will analyze court case studies to educate participants, including analysis of Civil and Criminal Enforcement Actions. Participants will also consider land use implications of existing and emerging planning law under the guidance of the Director of Local Government Policy of the Virginia Association of Counties.  Participants will also consider land use implications of existing and emerging planning law.  


Joe Lerch, AICP

Joe serves as Director of Local Government Policy for the Virginia Association of Counties. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in geology from William and Mary and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Virginia Tech. Joe has worked as a planner for the Cities of ... Read More

Greg Kamptner


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