What it Says, What it Means: Ordinance Interpretation

APA Texas Chapter


Friday, October 19, 2018
3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. CDT

CM | 1.50
L | 1.50

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Panelists will use real life examples of how ordinances can contradict practice and common sense, and how planners should recognize the situations when they can use discretion in interpreting ordinance language, and when they cannot--or should not, and how to avoid those situations with good, clear drafting.

Session Objectives:

1. How to identify situations when practice doesn't meet policy, or vice versa.
2. How to minimize the entity's risk when asked to vary from a policy or deciding to apply the policy differently than as written.
3. How to draft and update ordinances to avoid those conflicts.


Craig Farmer

Craig Farmer has built a long and influential career in urban planning in Texas. He developed a bill tracking document and was instrumental in providing assistance & coordination during the 84th Legislature. He serves as the Director of Planning & Development with the City of Weatherford. Prior service includes Freese and Nichols ... Read More

Kimberly Mickelson

Kim is the Senior Ass't City Attorney for Planning and Development at the City of Houston. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the immediate past president of the Texas Chapter of APA, a member of the APA Legislative and Policy Council, the Chapter President ... Read More

Contact Info

Barbara Holly, rholly@spamarrest.com