Oil and Gas Development: Local Responses
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Towns, cities, and counties hosting oil and gas development deal with a variety of opportunities and challenges felt at the local level. These issues became increasingly pressing over the past ten years as advances in technology brought a surge in unconventional oil and gas development to new areas. More recently oil and gas prices have fallen significantly, leading to a fall in new drilling activity and, therefore, an economic slowdown in many formerly-booming areas.
This session will explore the diverse approaches that local jurisdictions are taking in response to the challenges presented by oil and gas development. Participants will walk away with an overview of the tools available to local jurisdictions, detailed insight into a handful of promising approaches, and information about how to explore further.
You will learn about:
- Tools and approaches to manage the social, economic, environmental, and fiscal impacts of oil and gas development at the local level.
- Approaches that municipalities and counties are using to manage the effects of oil and gas development.
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, City of Arlington
Confirmed SpeakerJames Parajon (FAICP) is a professional planner with an extensive technical and management background and 29 years of increasingly responsible public and private sector experience. James has managed the short and long range activities of large multi-disciplined consultant firms and municipal organizations, advised elected officials and local government staff on development, design, transportation and growth policies, and conducted training workshops for interest groups, the business community and professionals on a regional and national level. Currently, James serves as the Deputy City Manager for Economic Development and Capital Investment. In this capacity, he oversees the Arlington Municipal Airport, Community Development and Planning, Economic Development, the Convention Center and Department of Public Works. James also serves as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Texas at Arlington. In 2014, James was elected into the American Institute of Certified Planners College of Fellows. From 2006-2014, James served as the Community Development and Planning Director for the City of Arlington. As Director, he was responsible for the management of real estate services, planning, the Arlington Housing Authority, civil engineering, federal grant programs, natural gas well functions, development services and building inspections functions. In 2014, James was recently elected to the College of Fellows for the American Institute of Certified Planners. Previously, James was employed by the City of Raleigh, North Carolina as the Assistant Planning Director. He was responsible for managing Strategic Planning initiatives which consists of land use planning, comprehensive planning, economic development, the urban design center, annexation, information technology, geographic information systems, and the city’s growth management and development policy research and analysis needs for North Carolina’s capital city. From 1997-2004, James worked for the Town of Cary, North Carolina, a community of 115,000 residents adjacent to the Research Triangle. James’s responsibilities included growth management initiatives, land use planning, affordable housing programs, open space/environmental preservation plans, and multi-modal transportation system development for one of the top places in America for families and business. James’s experience also includes almost a dozen years managing planning functions for large private consulting firms including URS and Buchart Horn, Inc, in the northeast region. During that time, James was able to expand the market share of these firms for transportation and planning related projects. Parajon is a graduate of Dickinson College (1985) and completed his Masters in Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1987). He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and is a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences on a variety of planning topics.
, Consensus Building Institute
Confirmed SpeakerTushar Kansal is a Senior Associate at the Consensus Building Institute (CBI), a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that helps communities, companies, governments, and organizations resolve disputes and collaboratively solve complex challenges. As part of this work, Mr. Kansal has been exploring how local governments can effectively take advantage of the opportunities and respond to the challenges presented by oil and gas development. He is currently writing a guide for local governments around these issues, to be published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. In addition to oil and gas, his recent projects have included helping an island fishing community in Chesapeake Bay contend with erosion and sea level rise, assisting the multi-stakeholder group leading the implementation of the Extractives Industry Transparency Initiative in the U.S., and supporting state agencies and local governments in Florida as they develop a shared vision for restoring the Caloosahatchee River.