TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19
“21” – COUNTIES COME UP WINNERS
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Room 314
County Planning is no longer just a regulatory step in development review or an occasional partner in state and regional planning initiatives. It now serves as a valuable resource for cash-strapped localities that want to do good planning but have limited funding and personnel. County Planning provides enormous benefits to New Jersey’s 565 municipalities. Come hear how County Planners are a town’s best friend!
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Room 405
We all have to deal with them, the gremlins that plague all planning and zoning boards of adjustment: Portable On Demand Storage facilities (PODs), digital display systems, or Donation Drop Boxes. The panel of experts will discuss how to deal with these unique land uses through zoning and how to protect your municipality.
INHERENTLY BENEFICIAL, INHERENTLY PROBLEMATIC
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Room 314
Is there a whole new meaning to “inherently beneficial uses”? Will that open the floodgates to unwanted applications claiming to prove they meet the criteria? Does the law add to the confusion already seen by boards across the state? Panelists will give an overview of the legislation and offer expert insight on what to expect.
STAYING OUT OF TROUBLE – AVOIDING CONFLICTS
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Room 314
How to avoid court challenges to board decisions and individual members; also conflicts of interest; ethics; voting requirements for those board members not recused; lawsuits; resolutions; liability insurance coverage; what to say and what not to say at hearings. Don’t get caught thinking you are right – be right.
TROUBLE AWAITS! – WHEN MASTER PLANS & ZONING ORDINANCES CONFLICT
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Room 405
Municipalities are open to expensive lawsuits, unwanted applications and developments. Developers and the public are confused when planning is unbalanced because master plans conflict with zoning ordinances. This seminar will highlight changes and trends for 2013 and beyond and address issues overlooked in municipal planning reexaminations.
LSRP - CONTAMINATED SITES AND THE PLANNING PROCESS
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Room 310
Planning trends including smart growth, transit oriented development, walkable communities, and adaptive reuse make it more likely that future land use activities will involve sites that may have a legacy of hazardous contamination. Under the LSRP Program the rules have changed and they could affect your actions and decisions.
SMART-PHONES HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Room 405
Update on the current market for wireless communication devices and new technologies. Learn about the New Jersey Advanced Wireless Broadband Collocation Act and the new Section 6409 of the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2012 governing the review of antennas on existing towers. Evaluate model ordinance provisions.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
OBSOLETE SUBURBAN OFFICE BUILDINGS: WHAT IS TO BE DONE?
9:00 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Room 310
Many suburban New Jersey office buildings and office campuses are experiencing growing vacancies and are losing value. This is the result of advances in information technology and changing demographics fundamentally reshaping the 21st century workplace. In many cases, doing nothing is not an option. How can municipalities facing declining office ratables work with developers to reimagine the suburban office campus? Attendees will learn about the new 21st century office market reality, examine properties that have been reinvented, and hear a discussion of the many issues surrounding the salvaging of our aging office campuses.
FALLING ROCK REVISTED
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Room 408/9
The mythical town of Falling Rock, NJ is back! Riveting testimony promises to rock a pair of public hearings as the land use board considers a retail development by Falling Rock Prosperity Inc., and a multi-acre solar farm by Sunny Acres of Falling Rock, Inc. Experts on all sides, including a highly skeptical public, battle over the merits of the plans. Board members and consultants chime in and the outcome is unknown until the board votes.
JOINT SESSION: LEAGUE / NJPO: SANDY One Year Later – Part I
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Room 401
JOINT SESSION: LEAGUE / NJPO: SANDY One Year Later – Part II
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Room 421
PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Room 314
In today's economy and with government budgets stretched to their limits, private developers and public agencies are more frequently turning to each other for assistance in completing critical projects. The Public/Private Partnership has become a necessary and common way of doing business. This panel will explore means available to public agencies and private firms to coordinate such efforts.
WHAT EVERY NEW LAND USE BOARD ATTORNEY SHOULD KNOW…
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Room 314
Experienced attorneys present a review designed for the newly appointed attorney and those seeking a refresher on the responsibilities of the land use board attorney. Topics will include: your role, procedures, conflicts, ethics, practice tips, and how to be reappointed the following year.
WHAT TO DO WHEN THERE’S NOTHING TO DO?
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Room 405
Has your Planning Board been canceling its meetings? If this is the case, now is the time that your Board should be proactive, evaluate the Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance and get the “house” in order. Discover the four tasks your Planning Board should be tackling.
ETHICS: DOING WHAT’S RIGHT WHEN NO ONE IS LOOKING
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Room 406
Protecting the board from acting improperly is one of the roles of the board attorney, but knowing what you should and shouldn’t do as a board member, will help protect the board ensuring your decisions can withstand judicial scrutiny.
SOCIAL MEDIA & PLANNING
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Room 420
Advances in internet-based applications have greatly enhanced the ability of those involved in land use planning to access information and to communicate. While this is very helpful to all concerned, members of planning and zoning boards in particular should understand the ways in which these technologies work and the dangers and pitfalls they present.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21
William M. Cox Symposium on Planning, Land Use and the Law
(Formerly Planning and Zoning Questions and Legal Opiniona)
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Room 416
A lively, must-attend session for all board members, attorneys, municipal officials and other decision-makers who struggle with the complexities of the Municipal Land Use Law and local ordinances. A rare opportunity to hear interpretations from highly recognized NJPO attorneys who accept audience questions.
JOINT SESSION: LEAGUE / NJPO: AFFORDABLE HOUSING UPDATE
9:00 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. Room 402