Annual Conference 2017

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Alfred B. DelBello Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference
    The Economics and Equity of Sustainable Development

The Land Use Law Center is pleased to announce the Center’s 16th annual Alfred B. DelBello Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference.  Scheduled for Thursday, December 7, 2017, this year’s conference theme is Reimagining the Role of Local Governments.  The theme of this year’s event will focus on the ways in which local governments are overcoming challenges and finding solutions that target new ways to plan, regulate, and design communities. The conference will be filled with endless learning opportunities.

We invite you to spend the day at this educational event, with more than 250 attorneys, business professionals, and local leaders in attendance to learn about national, regional, and local innovations, challenges and best practices.

As in previous years, the Center will be working with its Conference Board of Advisors—comprising local and national leaders in the field—to develop a conference program that will showcase innovative best practices in land use and sustainable development.  The Center is pleased to announce this year’s morning keynote Geoff Anderson, President and CEO of Smart Growth America. Named by Partners for Livable Communities as “One of the 100 Most Influential Leaders in Sustainable Community Planning and Development,” Mr. Anderson helped to found the smart growth movement as one of the authors of the foundational 10 smart growth principles. With an extensive list of publications, Mr. Anderson has served as an expert witness in front of the U.S. Congress, has been interviewed and cited by the New York Times, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Fox News, NPR, and numerous other outlets and publications

Also, joining us this year as the luncheon keynote presenter will be Barry Svigals, FAIA, Partner Emeritus, Svigals + Partners, a Connecticut-based architect whose approach brings to life architecture that is uniquely connected to the purpose, place and people for whom it is created and who recognizes that the built environment is the end result of a collaborative process of creative engagement. Most notably Mr. Svigals and his firm are the architectural designers behind the new Sandy Hook School.

Additional highlights of the conference include:

  • On Wednesday, December 6th, the Center will be hosting a dinner to allow local leaders and sponsors an opportunity to add to their conference experience and network with conference presenters and to honor our Founder’s Award recipient Frank S. McCullough,Jr., Esq., partner at McCullough, Goldberger and Staudt., who has distinguished himself as a land use attorney who is sensitive to and able to unite disparate parties in support of growth and conservation. Throughout his career, he has counseled his clients to accommodate the interests of local land use officials who represent the full range of interests implicated in land development. Over 100 professionals joined us at last year’s dinner, so save the date now.
  • Thursday’s conference will have sessions on financing mixed use development, form based codes, the future of mobility, designing healthy communities, office space redevelopment and so much more. Click here to see a list of confirmed presenters.
  • Enjoy the afternoon plenary session on the hottest land use cases with the leading land use professors/experts – Donald L. Elliott, FAICP, Director, Clarion Associates, LLC, Dwight H. Merriam, FAICP, Esq., Partner, Robinson & Cole LLP, John R. Nolon, Esq., Professor of Law, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, and Michael Allan Wolf, Esq., Professor of Law & Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law.
  • Join us after the conference from 5:00 – 6:15 pm for a wine and cheese networking reception.


General Information:


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* We will consider reduced CLE tuition and/or waiver of program fees for this event, upon receipt of the completed application by the attorney requesting the reduction or waiver.

CM Approved Credits:


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Once the event is over, you can log your credits online for however many sessions you attended. As a multi-part event, youwill log each session individually.

CM Event Log Instructions.

AIA Approved Credits:  8.5 AIA HSW, PDH credits


CLE Approved Credits:

                Ethics       1.5

                Practice    4.5