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Understanding Development Regulations: Planning, Zoning, Subdivisions (LUL671H)

  • Product Format
  • Pre Recorded Webinar
  • Presenter(s)
  • Carl Stephani  
  • Conference Date
  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017
  • Aired Time
  • 12:00 pm ET - 11:00 am CT - 10:00 am MT - 9:00 am PT
  • Length
  • 60 minutes

Get an understanding of the logic behind the system of local government land development regulations

Significant monies can be lost, or gained by property owners and investors who achieve, or prevent development projects which impact properties in which they have an interest. The apparent complexity of local development regulations can create confusion about who needs to do what to whom by what deadline to achieve a desirable, or prevent an undesirable, project.

In this session, expert speaker Carl Stephani will give provide you an understanding of the very simple logic behind the system of local government land development regulations so that you not only understand some of the essential terminology, but also understand how the three different regulatory documents inter-relate and operate in the overall system of land development regulation in use generally across the United States.

Session Highlights:

  • This session will reveal that, upon dissection, the three basic local development regulations - city plans, zoning, and subdivision ordinances, are basically very simple
  • City Plans can scanned to isolate their effective policies; zoning ordinances can be scanned to isolate each of their seven basic elements, and the two elements of subdivision ordinances can be identified to simplify understanding their role in the regulation of development
  • These three core local government documents work together to regulate all development
  • Many development related actions have flaws in them that can make them subject to legal attack

Key Takeaways:

  • You will understand how to use a city plan, zoning or subdivision ordinance to efficiently and effectively accomplish land development objectives
  • Understand the differences between city plans, zoning and subdivision ordinances
  • Understand basic local government development regulatory system terminology and inter-relationships

Who Should Attend?

  • Land developers
  • Real Estate Appraisers
  • Building Officials
  • Professional Planners
  • Students of city planning
  • City Managers and Clerks
  • Real Estate salespeople and brokers
  • Land surveyors
  • Citizen activists
  • Preservationists
  • Agriculturalists
  • Environmentalists
  • Civil and transportation engineers
  • Assessors
  • Economic Development Directors
  • Church leaders
  • Others interested or involved in land development.

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About the Presenter(s):

Mr. Carl Stephani has a Bachelor's degree in Social Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master's in Regional Planning from the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He served as a Project Officer's interne in the United Nations Development Programme in New York City; as a volunteer in community development it the United States Peace Corps in Colombia, South America; and as a New York City Urban Fellow in the Mayor's Office of Mayor John Lindsay. He has worked for Planning Departments in: San Diego County, California; Benton County and the City of Albany in Oregon where he also served as a Councilman on the Albany City Council, and a County Commissioner for Linn County.

In 1987, Mr. Stephani was appointed as the first Town Administrator for the Town of Frisco, Colorado. His first year there is chronicled in the book he and his wife authored entitled THE FIRST CITY MANAGER. In 1990 he was appointed Town Manager of the Town of Cave Creek, Arizona, where he and his wife wrote - and the National League of Cities published - ZONING 101, which is now available in its third edition through He also served as the Community Development Director of the Town of Paradise Valley, Arizona, and Town Manager of Gila Bend, Arizona. He was most recently employed by the Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency as its Executive Director, until that entity was dissolved by the State of Connecticut and its municipal members were absorbed into adjacent regional organizations in January of 2015.

Mr. Stephani is a member of the American Planning Association (APA), and a Life Credentialed Manager of the International City/County Management (ICMA) Association. He has authored dozens of nationally published articles on management and planning and has been a guest speaker at numerous national conferences of the ICMA, the APA, and many other national organizations involved with city government and planning.

He is a co-author/editor of the following handbooks of best practices published by the McFarland Press: CITIES GOING GREEN, GLOBAL MODELS OF URBAN PLANNING, and URBAN TRANSPORTATION INNOVATIONS WORLDWIDE. In 1993, the Small Towns and Rural Division of the APA recognized the Town of Cave Creek Zoning Ordinance, which Mr. Stephani authored, as the Division's Outstanding Project for the year because of its policy effective and user-friendliness.


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