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Understanding Zoning (LUL271G)

  • Product Format
  • Pre Recorded Webinar
  • Presenter(s)
  • Carl Stephani  
  • Conference Date
  • Thursday, February 23, 2017
  • Aired Time
  • 1:00 pm ET - 12:00 pm CT - 11:00 am MT - 10:00 am PT
  • Length
  • 60 minutes

Understand How the Different Elements of Zoning Interrelate and Operate in the Overall System of Zoning in the U.S.

Significant monies can be lost, or gained by property owners and investors who achieve, or prevent changes in zoning that impact properties in which they have an interest. The apparent complexity of zoning ordinances can create confusion about who needs to do what; to whom; and by what deadline, to achieve a desirable, or prevent an undesirable change in zoning.

In this program, expert speaker Carl Stephani will give you an understanding of the very simple logic behind the system of zoning so that you not only understand the meaning of zoning terminology, but also understand how the different elements of zoning inter-relate and operate in the overall system of zoning as applied in the United States.

Session Highlights:

  • How, upon dissection, all zoning ordinances are basically very simple!
  • Seven basic elements to every zoning ordinance.
  • The elements that relate very logically to each other once they are clearly identified.
  • How many zoning actions have flaws in them that can make them subject to legal attack.
  • How subdivision ordinances have separate controls over land development that need to be understood.
  • How to use a zoning ordinance to efficiently and effectively accomplish land development objectives.
  • Understanding the differences between zoning and subdivision ordinances.
  • Basic zoning terminologies in the context of a complete zoning ordinance.

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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