Susan Trevarthen, FAICP


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Contact Information

Organization / Work Phone:
(954) 763-4242
Address:

200 E Broward Blvd
Ste 1900
Fort Lauderdale
FL
33301-1949
United States

FAICP Statement

Susan L. Tervarthen, JD, AICP, is a defender and author of Florida growth management, planning and land development regulations, a statewide leader in school facilities planning and school concurrency regulation, and a nationally recognized author, teacher, and mentor to planners, attorneys and officials. She has effectively advanced the planning story to attorneys, planners, officials, and the public for over 25 years. She synthesized the First Amendment law applicable to land use regulation, translated it into best practices that planners and officials could implement in their work, and published and taught those practices to over 600 planners and municipal attorneys. Inducted 2014.

Professional Biography

SUSAN L. TREVARTHEN, ESQ., FAICP chairs the Municipal Land Use and Zoning practice and is a Member of the law firm of Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, P.L. in Fort Lauderdale. She handles land use, planning and zoning matters for governments, and is Town Attorney for a Broward coastal community. Her work includes reviewing and negotiating development agreements and approvals, drafting municipal codes and plans, advising municipal staffs, managers and attorneys, defending challenges to municipal regulations and decisions, handling public hearings, and counseling elected officials, as well as advocating for municipalities on legislative issues in her field. Her practice also includes constitutional law issues (such as regulation of First Amendment-protected land uses including signs, places of worship and adult uses, and takings and Harris Act issues); hot topics in zoning law such as medical marijuana, sober houses and vacation rentals; and public school facilities. Ms. Trevarthen is board certified in City, County and Local Government Law by the Florida Bar, has been recognized as one of the top land use attorneys in the state in publications such as Florida Trend Magazine and SuperLawyers, and is AV rated. Ms. Trevarthen has held leadership positions in the Florida Bar’s Section for Environmental and Land Use Law and Section for City, County and Local Government Law. Susan grew up in Boca Raton, Florida. She was graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a joint degree in law and planning (M.R.P. and J.D., 1991) and from Duke University (A.B., 1986).

Education

160353 | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Graduation Date: May, 1991
Degree Level: PhD/J.D.

Duke University
Graduation Date: May, 1986
Degree Level: Undergraduate

160353 | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Graduation Date: May, 1991
Degree Level: Graduate
Planning Degree

Work Experience

Burke, Weaver & Prell
Attorney
September,1993 - February,2000
Boca Raton, FL
None
United States

Florida Atlantic University Joint Center for Environmental and Urban Problems
Senior Research Associate/Adjunct Profes
September,1991 - September,1993
Part time
Fort Lauderdale, FL
None
United States

Florida Atlantic University Joint Center for Environmental and Urban Problems
Research Assistant
August,1986 - August,1987
Fort Lauderdale, FL
None
United States

Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, PL
Member, Chair Municipal Land Use/Zoning
March,2000 - January,1900
Fort Lauderdale, FL
None
United States