Code Enforcement Case Studies: From A - Z (Or V - F)

APA Virginia Chapter


Friday, November 30, 2018, midnight
Tuesday, December 31, 2019, midnight CST

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This session will explore some of the code enforcement resources available for local issues by coordinating with state or federal agencies. 

The purpose is not to “put the hammer down” on local business owners or property owners who are having trouble complying with regulations, but to work with other agencies to best utilize the available tools, and to avoid confusing or conflicting directives from the various regulators. 

Two case studies are examined: 

1. Used car dealerships: Working with the Virginia Motor Vehicle Dealer Licensing Board 
2. Floodplain violations: Working with the US Army Corps of Engineers Wetlands Permitting 

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Darren Coffey

Darren K. Coffey, AICP, is the Chief Executive Officer of The Berkley Group, a local government consulting firm based in Virginia. Darren earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Geography in 1992, his Master’s in Geography in 1993, his planning certification in 2000, and he has served as an adjunct professor at James Madison University, his alma mater. He has served the public sector since 1995 first as a Park Planner in Charlotte, NC, then a Town Planner and Community Development Manager in Blacksburg, VA and a Planning Director in the Virginia counties of Louisa and Fluvanna. These experiences have provided a broad perspective of the various local government dynamics, including how to effectively procure consultants. His experience includes many facets of local government from administration, planning, economic development, grant administration, transportation, parks & recreation, among others. That experience led to the development of The Berkley Group, a local government consulting firm specializing planning along with numerous other local government services. In his role as a consultant, Darren has become adept at being procured by his clients, thus leading to his mind reading skills as both client and consultant. Darren currently lives near Charlottesville, Virginia and has three children.

Susannah Bridges-Smith

Susannah has over 20 years of experience in public planning across five southern states. She excels at helping communities maintain their character and livability while making creative options for economic growth not only possible, but realistic. Examples include assisting the Town of Summerfield, North Carolina develop zoning regulations that protect environmentally sensitive open space and encourage commercial viability; the City of Sumter, South Carolina in obtaining and administering a major grant to inventory historic black neighborhoods for preservation-based tax incentives; and the Town of Blythewood, South Carolina in creating and adopting Architectural Design Regulations that maintain an inviting sense of place. Susannah was the Comprehensive Plan Coordinator for Guilford County North Carolina and performed a 20-year update that involved stakeholders from seven major areas including agricultural, citizen, and environmental groups, and the economic sector; and she served as Current Planning and Floodplain Manager for Franklin County, Virginia. She has a bachelor of science in Geography from the University of South Florida and studied architecture and design at Mary Washington, NC State, UVa, and USC. Focus: Historic Preservation, Architecture, Low Impact Design, Floodplain Management, Affordable Housing, Green Infrastructure, Zoning and Code Enforcement, Comprehensive Planning