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Zoning 101: The Logic Behind Local Government Land Development Regulations (LUL818A)

  • Product Format
  • Pre Recorded Webinar
  • Presenter(s)
  • Carl Stephani  
  • Conference Date
  • Friday, September 28, 2018
  • Aired Time
  • 1:00 pm ET - 12:00 pm CT - 11:00 am MT - 10:00 am PT
  • Length
  • 60 minutes

Understand ‘Special Districts’—and Floating & Overlay Zones

Developers and builders headed into local jurisdictions often face a challenging set of land use rules—and a complicated set of application, appeal, and decision-making processes. Regulatory roadblocks are no trifle: They can significantly set back your timeline—and your budget. With building across the nation reaching a frenzied pace, now is not the time to take a chance that your project application will sail through without a snag.

Instead, learn key concepts that will help you speed almost any land development project through to approval. In this webinar, zoning expert Carl Stephani decodes the typical, complicated rules and arcane language of local land use rules; defines the various municipalities and special districts you may encounter; unravels the logic behind land use regulations; and sets you up for success by outlining the steps every project must follow as it travels from application, to consideration, to approval.

Sign up for this instructive session to understand basic municipal zoning concepts, the difference between a floating zone and an overlay zone, and the intricacies of pyramid zoning and development codes. After attending, you’ll be equipped to correctly file a zoning permit decision appeal and effectively protest a decision when necessary. You’ll also know exactly what a hearing officer does and what criteria elected officials are looking for during their review of a zoning permit. Plus, you’ll understand why zoning laws impact affordable housing and transportation planning. Zoning laws are complicated: Take action now to learn to navigate them and, ultimately, thrive despite them.

Session Highlights

Here is a sampling of what you will learn in this live audio conference:

  • The difference between a floating zone and an overlay zone
  • How to correctly file a zoning permit decision appeal
  • The difference between performance, form-based, and traditional zoning
  • Hearings officer functions
  • Varieties of types of municipalities as opposed to special districts
  • Pyramidal zoning and development codes
  • Why zoning laws impact affordable housing and transportation planning

Who Should Attend

  • Building officials
  • Housing officials
  • Assessors
  • Surveyors
  • Municipal administrators
  • Citizens concerned about land use
  • Transportation planners
  • Planning officials

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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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