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Schedule and Faculty: Current Issues in Land Use Law

 Schedule and Faculty: Current Issues in Land Use Law


8:00 a.m. : Registration

8:30 a.m. : Land Use Legislation and Case Law Update

  • Overview of recent Wisconsin court decisions related to land use
  • Recent Wisconsin legislation related to land use

Prof. Brian Ohm, Professor and Attorney, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Wisconsin-Madison

9:30 a.m. : Frac-Sand Mining in Wisconsin

William G. Thiel

10:15 a.m. : Break

10:30 a.m. : Form-Based Zoning: One Municipality's Experience Using the Smartcode

  • Explanation of the form-based zoning concept
  • Turning the concept of form-based zoning into a practical zoning code
  • Experiences with developments using the form based zoning code

Mark Sewell

11:15 a.m. : Dealing With Tax Delinquent Brownfields

  • Problems presented by abandoned properties
  • Options for dealing with them
  • Methods to reduce costs and risks

Kristin A. Hess, Richard C. Yde

12:00 p.m. : Lunch (On your own)

1:00 p.m. : Historical Perspective of Wisconsin Zoning and Land Use Laws

Richard A. Lehmann

1:45 p.m. : WIDNR View of Foreseeable Changes/Issues Affecting Zoning

Department of Natural Resources Deputy Secretary Matt Moroney

2:15 p.m. : Break

2:30 p.m. : Tips on Enforcing Nuisance Ordinances

  • Overview of remedies available for nuisance ordinance violations
  • How to prepare your client for the difficulties of nuisance ordinance enforcement
  • Pitfalls and dangers to avoid

Matthew Parmentier

2:55 p.m. : The New TIF Toolbox: 2011 AB 179 and Emerging Trends in Project-Specific Financing Assistance

  • General overview of Wisconsin's Tax Increment Law
  • Discuss recently enrolled 2011 AB 179, the process for creation of multijurisdictional tax incremental districts,
  • Possibilities for overlap with multijurisdictional commissions exercising zoning, eminent domain, and other governmental authority
  • Compare options for structuring TIF assistance to particular projects

Danielle Bergner, William F. White

3:40 p.m. : Strategies for Minimizing Environmental Roadblocks to Public and Private Development Projects

  • Elements of controversy and local opposition that surfaces
  • Legal hurdles that developers and community officials face
  • Utilization of environmental laws as a method to prevent projects that are determined to be in the community's best interests
  • Environmental laws that opposers can utilize
  • Strategies for municipal officials to use to mitigate the risk of environmental laws as acting as "roadblocks" for these public improvement projects

Arthur J. Harrington

4:30 p.m. : Program Concludes

Following program start time , video and webcast replay schedules will vary from above listed times.



Program Chairs

Ann Marie Molitor
Wisconsin Labor and Industry Review Commission

Jesse A. Wesolowski
Wesolowski, Reidenbach & Sajdak S.C.


Danielle Bergner
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Arthur J. Harrington
Godfrey & Kahn S.C.

Kristin A. Hess
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Richard A. Lehmann
Attorney Emeritus

Matt Moroney
Department of Natural Resources

Brian W. Ohm
University of Wisconsin Department of Urban & Regional Planning

Matthew Parmentier
Edgarton, St Peter, Petak & Rosenfeldt
Fond Du Lac

Mark R. Sewell
Fitchburg City Attorneys Office

William G. Thiel
Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci S.C.
Eau Claire

William F. White
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Richard C. Yde
Stafford Rosenbaum LLP