Drone Technology: Implications on Policymaking and Design of the Built Environment

APA Planning & Law Division


Monday, March 13, 2017
12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. EDT

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Monday, March 13, 2017 | 12:30-2:00 p.m. EDT

The educational objective of this course is to discuss the implications of emerging drone technology on city and town planning. Featuring specialists in the fields of law, urban design, and policymaking, this webinar will examine federal and local legislation pertaining to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Drone operations raise several concerns for the public given their wide range of recreational and commercial current uses. We will discuss regulations pertaining to these issues and explore how future zoning regulations can best guide the use of drones in our built environment.


Individual Rate (one person/registration fee per computer)
$20 Planning and Law Division (PLD) member
$45 non-PLD member - Join PLD before registering to get the member discounted rate!

Group Rate (one registration fee allows any number of people to watch from one computer)

Online registration will close on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

For registration questions e-mail confregistration@planning.org or call (312) 334-1250.


Dwight Merriam, FAICP

Dwight H. Merriam founded Robinson & Cole’s Land Use Group in 1978. He represents land owners, developers, governments and individuals in land use matters. Dwight is a Fellow and Past President and of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a former Director of the American Planning Association, a former chair of APA’s Planning and Law Division, a former chair of the American Bar Association’s national Section of State and Local Government Law; the Connecticut member of Owners’ Counsel of America, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute National Advisory Board, a Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, a ... Read More

Daniel Bolin

Confirmed Speaker

Daniel J. Bolin is an attorney who represents public entities and property owners in wide-ranging local government, land use, and election matters across Illinois. In addition to managing real estate transactions and development processes, Dan is an experienced municipal prosecutor and has served on many local electoral boards. Dan regularly ... Read More

Timothy Yim, CIPP/US/E, CIPT, CIPM, FI

Confirmed Speaker

Timothy Yim is Director of Data & Privacy at Startup Policy Lab, where he directs research and policy initiatives in the data privacy and emerging technology space—pushing forward data-driven policies that drive global innovation. He leads SPL’s CityDrones initiative, which focuses on creating (i) a library of model drone policies for privacy and data security; and (ii) a framework for local government to adopt in identifying, mitigating, and balancing privacy risks. SPL is currently assisting the City & County of San Francisco develop its drone policies. SPL’s CityDrones work has also been presented at the Federal Trade Commission ... Read More

Jordan Petersen

Confirmed Speaker

Jordan Petersen, RLA, LEED AP is the Founder and Director of Lift Aerial Marketing, LLC, an aerial videography and photography company that focuses on the AEC, Design, and Planning sectors, as well as an Associate and Landscape Architect at ColeJenest & Stone, a land planning and urban design firm in Raleigh ... Read More

Contact Info

Marcus Mello, mmello@gsd.harvard.edu