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2018 Land Use Update

American Planning Association, Arizona Chapter
Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute
State Bar of Arizona

Friday, June 1, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Doubletree Tempe
2100 S. Priest Drive, Tempe

Seminar Co-Chairs:
Doug Jorden, Jorden Hiser & Joy, PLC
Frank Cassidy, Town of Marana
Sandra Hoffman, AICP, City of Phoenix


This year’s Land Use Update focuses on hot topics targeted by recent cases and legislation.

The opioid crisis has led to the ubiquitous presence of Sober Recovery Homes, leaving many local governments and neighborhoods grappling with whether and how to deal with them. The City of Prescott saw a reduction in the number and an increase in the quality of Sober Recovery Homes after its adoption of a city ordinance regulating them. But now the Arizona Legislature is considering new legislation that could preempt or significantly restrict local regulation of Sober Recovery Homes. A disability law specialist and two local government officials will discuss the status and best practices of this evolving land use law topic.

Developing communities already are or soon will be dealing with community facilities districts. CFDs are crucial to the financial viability of master planned projects, say influential developers who backed vetoed 2016 legislation to authorize developers to form independently-governed CFDs without city or county action or involvement. Successful 2017 CFD legislation requires new CFDs governed by the city or town council or board of supervisors to have two developer-appointed board members. Currently-pending legislation seeks to fix conflicting language in the 2017 “plus-two” legislation. A developer, a city manager, and a bond lawyer will provide their perspectives of how all of the pieces fit together, and will discuss CFD financing, formation, and governance issues.

Practical strategies for sign regulations will be the topic of Brian Connolly’s lunch presentation. A nationally-known Denver land use attorney, Mr. Connolly looks at three years of cases and sign regulations since the United States Supreme Court’s landmark Reed v. Town of Gilbert decision.

The afternoon will begin with our annual ethics session for planners and lawyers, and will end with our annual update of legislation and recent land use cases. Sandwiched between is a mid-afternoon session featuring a timely discussion of the different types of zoning approvals and why it matters. One of the presenters is an attorney who represented the property owner in the December 2017 Arizona Court of Appeals decision Maricopa Citizens v. Private Motorsports Group, holding that the issuance of a conditional use permit to build a motorsports facility was an administrative act not subject to referendum. The other presenter is the Maricopa County Planning & Development Director—the person uniquely qualified to provide the government staff perspective of zoning approval types.

Join your friends and colleagues for an in-depth discussion of today’s most significant land use topics.


8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Registration/Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:10 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction of Speakers

9:10 - 10:30 a.m.

Regulating Sober Recovery Homes

  • Set the Stage
  • Fair Housing Act Implications
  • What's Working and What’s Not

Moderator:  Sandra Hoffman, AICP, City of Phoenix

Rose Daly-Rooney, Arizona Center for Disability Law
Jon Paladini, City of Prescott
Debra Stark, AICP, City of Phoenix Elected Official

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m. - Noon

Community Facilities Districts

  • Powers, Types of Financing, Formation Issues
  • Developer and Local Government Perspectives of CFDs
  • Recent Statutory History

Moderator:  Frank Cassidy, Town of Marana

Brent Billingsley, AICP, Town of Florence
Roman Gorecki, Brookfield Residential
Zach Sakas, Gust Rosenfeld

Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Presentation (Lunch is included.)

Reed v. Town of Gilbert: Practical Strategies for Sign Regulations, 3 Years Later

Presented by: Brian Connolly, Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC, Denver

1:00 - 1:15 p.m.


1:15 - 2:00 p.m.

Legislative and Case Law Update

  • 2018 Legislative Session
  • Recent Arizona Cases

Moderator:  Frank Cassidy, Town of Marana

Noel Griemsmann
, AICP, Snell & Wilmer
Jane Fairall, Town of Marana

2:00 - 2:15 p.m.


2:15 - 3:30 p.m.

Various Types of Zoning Approvals and Why It Matters

  • An Overview of Various Jurisdictions
  • One Reason It Matters: Is the Action Referable
  • Lessons Learned

Moderator:  Doug Jorden, Jorden Hiser & Joy, P.L.C.

Carol Johnson
, Maricopa County
Evan Bolick, Rose Law Group

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Ethics for Planners and Lawyers

  • Presentation and Audience Discussion of Lawyer and Planner Ethical Issues

Moderator:  Sandra Hoffman, City of Phoenix

Jill Hegardt
, AICP, DMB Associates, Inc.
Bill Sims, Sims Murray, Ltd.

4:30 p.m.


Registration Cancellation Policy

All registration cancellations must be received in writing by May 25 to be eligible for a refund less a $25 administrative fee. Cancellations after this date and no-shows the day of the event will be responsible for the full amount of the registration because food/beverage and workshop material costs will have already been incurred. You may send a substitute in your place in the event you are unable to attend or not able to cancel in time.


AICP CM Credit:  6.5 Credits
including Law and Ethics

Not a member?

APA Arizona Members $175
Students (valid ID) $85
Non-Members $249
All Day-of-Event Registrations $279

Registration must be received 48 hours prior to the program or will be charged the "Day-of-Event" rate.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

For more information contact
APA Arizona office at
602-866-7188 or

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