California experienced in 2013 a number of precedent-setting court
decisions for growth and development, as well as a partial reform of its
vast environmental quality regulations. With a growing and more diverse
population and continued economic expansion, what new challenges will
face city planners, lawyers and others in 2014?
The state's top land-use attorneys, planners, environmental regulators
and developers will gather in Los Angeles later this month to assess the
impacts of legal rulings and new laws from 2013 and what to look forward
to in 2014 concerning growth in the country's most populous state.
"There is never a dull moment in California when it comes to how the
courts, planners, lawyers, the public, and elected officials decide how
California should grow, develop and move people around," said Margaret
M. Sohagi, president of the Sohagi Law Group and conference co-chair.
"This conference is critical to anyone involved in the legal or planning
end of land development. They need to know how the land use planning
landscape is changing and the implications for the future."
UCLA Extension's 28th annual Land Use Law and Planning
Conference will be held Friday, Jan. 31 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel
in downtown Los Angeles. In just one day, the conference will cover a
range of issues such as affordable housing, prevailing wages for public
projects, growth control initiatives, the state Legislature's recent
attempt to reform California's Environmental Quality Act, and major
federal and state court rulings involving "just compensation" for those
whose property is taken through eminent domain or regulatory actions.
The sessions include a look at the impacts of ecent major CEQA lawsuits
- including how a neighborhood turned out the lights of a high school
sports stadium - by Susan Brandt-Hawley, an attorney with
Brandt-Hawley Law Group, and James Moose, a senior partner with
Remy Moose Manley, LLP.
Another session reviews U.S. Supreme Court and state "takings" cases led
by Michael Berger, partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP; and Andrew
Schwartz, partner, Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger, LLP.
Looking at the implications of California's changing demographics on
land use development will be Jeanette Dinwiddie-Moore, FAICP,
principal, Dinwiddie and Associates; Dowell Myers, professor of
policy, planning, and demography at USC; and Victor Rubin, vice
president for research, PolicyLink.
For the first time, three generations of planning directors for the
state's second-largest city will offer a unique perspective on the ups
and downs of shaping San Diego's growth. This panel will feature William
Anderson, the city's planning director from 2006-2011 and later
chair of its planning commission; Gail Goldberg, San Diego's
planning director from 2001-2006 (and later planning director for the
city of Los Angeles); and William Fulton, the current planning
Wayne Smutz, the new dean at UCLA Extension, will recognize the
Hagman Scholars. Scholarships are awarded to students and professors
from law schools and graduate planning programs in Southern California,
as well as new professionals in the planning and policy field. Two sets
of scholarships are named in honor of the late Donald G. Hagman,
professor of law at UCLA and who created many continuing education
programs in public policy, and the late Joanne L. Freilich, director of
the Public Policy Program at UCLA Extension. Hagman and Freilich were
dedicated to bringing together attorneys and planners in the land use
field, and to better unifying the academic and practitioner worlds.
Conference details and online registration are available at https://www.uclaextension.edu/publicpolicy/landuse.
Seven hours of MCLE credit or seven hours of CM credit for AICP
certified planners are available. For information about UCLA Extension's
public policy program, call (310) 825-7903 or type "public policy" on
the main website search box.
About UCLA Extension
UCLA Extension is the continuing education division of the University of
California at Los Angeles. UCLA Extension offers evening, weekend, and
online courses and certificates for professionals in business,
management, engineering, information systems, entertainment studies,
public policy, public health, the humanities and many other fields. Find
out more at uclaextension.edu.
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