2016 Land Use Update

APA Arizona Chapter


Friday, June 3, 2016
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. MST

Phoenix, AZ, United States



This period of post-Great Recession “normal” allows this year’s Land Use Update to focus on some of the big issues that have shaped the current land use law landscape.


Prop 207, the Private Property Rights Protection Act, was approved by the voters in November 2006. It gives property owners a statutory right to compensation for any reduction in value resulting from a land use law. The first session looks at the history of “takings” law that led to Prop 207, overviews Prop 207’s provisions, and analyzes its impacts over the years. The absence of diminution claims in Prop 207’s nearly ten-year history have led some to contend that it has had no effect, while others argue that it has completely hamstrung local government efforts to respond to nuisance-like elements of emerging zoning trends.


The second session is an opportunity to hear about emerging issues for the state’s largest landowner, the Arizona State Land Department. New State Land Commissioner Lisa Atkins and her staff are focused on ASLD’s efforts to work more efficiently with their perennially thin rank of staff. In this session, Deputy Commissioner Wesley Mehl will describe ASLD’s new initiative to leverage requested auctions to benefit nearby ASLD holdings. Kroy Ekblaw will describe high profile state-of-the-art ASLD deals in the City of Scottsdale that provide a template for future development of some of the over 9,000,000 acres of State Land managed by ASLD.


The Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute’s Executive Director, Susan Daggett, is this year’s luncheon speaker. She will examine land use trends in the west over the past quarter century.


The afternoon will begin with the annual ethics session for planners and lawyers. Signs and the United States Supreme Court’s 2015 Reed v. Town of Gilbert decision is the focus of the second afternoon session. Local governments are rewriting their sign codes to comply with Reed and the Goldwater Institute and others are issuing demands to “Heed Reed.” Arizona experts Alan Stephenson of the City of Phoenix and Susan Goodwin of Gust Rosenfeld are joined by nationally recognized sign expert Mark White to explain it all.


The program ends with the annual legislative and case law update, examining cases and legislation of interest to Arizona land use lawyers and planners.




SEMINAR CHAIRS:     Doug Jorden, Jorden Bischoff & Hiser, PLC; Joy Rich, Maricopa County Planning and Development; and


                                     Frank Cassidy, Town of Marana;


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