On Demand: Staying Out of Court by Avoiding Pitfalls

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The road to planning is paved with legal pitfalls. Don’t let your commissioners and board members trip up! Turn to experts for advice. What constitutes a conflict of interest? How can your commissioners gather information without stepping out of bounds? Get tips on meeting management, the review process, and administrative rules that can help your community steer clear of court.

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60 minutes
Date Published
Sept. 1, 2007
APA Education / Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

About the Speakers

Dwight Merriam
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Edward Sullivan
Edward J. Sullivan has specialized in land use law for over 45 years and is a retired owner in the Portland Office of Garvey Schubert Barer. Mr. Sullivan is a Past Chair of the State and Local Government Law Section of the American Bar Association. Mr. Sullivan served as the city attorney for the cities of Oregon City, Island City and Rivergrove and acts as special counsel for other local governments. Before going into private practice, he served as assistant county counsel and county counsel for Washington County, Oregon, and as legal counsel to the Governor of Oregon. He serves on the Amicus Curiae and Legislative and Policy Committees of the American Planning Association.

Anna Stadnyk
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Eric Kelly
Professor of Urban Planning at Ball State University and an independent planning consultant. A frequent litigation consultant and expert witness on cases involving the regulation of signs, billboards and/or adult businesses. Has consulted with more than 100 local governments in more than 35 states. Since 1995, Kelly has been general editor of the 10-volume Matthew Bender set Zoning and Land Use Controls. An author or co-author of seven technical reports published in the Planning Advisory Service Reports series of the American Planning Association, including Everything you always wanted to know about regulating sex businesses with Connie Cooper. Kelly is a past national president of the American Planning Association, and in 1999, he was inducted as one of the members of College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Kelly holds Master of City Planning and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in public policy from the Union Institute. He is a member of the Colorado bar.