Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Urban Development Conference

February 29, 2008

Untangling the Web of Urban Development: The Challenges and Opportunities of Mixed-Use Projects


Untangling the Web of Urban Development

"Live here, work here, play here" say developers promoting urban mixed-use projects. But in reality, putting these projects together presents new legal, land use, financing and environmental challenges for which many lawyers and related professionals are unprepared -- especially in urban areas where they are most needed for core revitalization. This seminar will feature many of the best known practitioners in the mixed-use area to help prepare the region's lawyers to better handle the challenges of mounting these projects in urban settings.

Audio Podcast



8:00am- 8:30am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30am - 8:45am - listen

Welcome Remarks
Steven J. Kaminshine, Dean
Georgia State University
College of Law

Colin Crawford, Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director
Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth

8:45am - 9:00am - listen

Urban Development – Due Diligence and the Added Costs of Developing Today
Patti Pearlberg - Coro Realty Advisors, LLC

9:00am - 10:15am

Entitlement – Winding Through the Approval Process for Mixed Use Developments
• Mixed use zoning–what does it mean?
• Infrastructure requirements
• Design issues Master Planning
• Growth Management strategies
Laurel David - Dillard & Galloway, LLC
David Green - Lord, Aeck & Sargent Architecture
Julian Juergensmeyer, Professor of Law and Co-Director, Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth
Carl Westmoreland - Seyfarth Shaw, LLP

10:15am - 10:30am

Break sponsored by Coro Realty Advisors, LLC

10:30am - 12:00pm - listen

Structuring the Mixed Use Development
Linda Curry - Weissman, Nowack, Curry & Wilco
Clay Howell - King & Spalding, LLP
Abe Schear - Arnall, Golden & Gregory

12:00pm - 1:15pm - listen

Equitable Development (1 ethics hour)

Carlton Eley - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

1:15pm - 2:45pm - listen

Project Financing
• Construction financing for infrastructure
• Bonding issues and alternative financing methods, TAD, TIF
• Permanent debt – separate loans or master loans
Moderator Basil Mattingly - Associate Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law
Janice Griffith - Professor of Law Georgia State University College of Law
Mike Rodgers - Seyfarth Shaw, LLP

2:45pm - 3:00pm

Break sponsored by Kazmarek, Geiger and Laseter LLP

3:00pm - 3:45pm - listen

Environmental Considerations
• Pitfalls of urban sites
• Brownfield development
• Building "green”
Moderator Colin Crawford - Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director, Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth
Skip Kazmarek - Kazmarek Geiger & Laseter, LLP
Scott Laseter - Kazmarek Geiger & Laseter, LLP
Carol Geiger - Kazmarek Geiger & Laseter, LLP
H. Lee Walker - Alston & Bird, LLP

3:45pm - 4:30pm - listen

Construction Contracts
• Contract considerations in densely populated areas
• Considerations in a mixed use environment with multiple contractors
• Warranties
Jeffrey A. Belkin - Alston & Bird, LLP
Jeff Plowman - Weissman, Nowack, Curry & Wilco

4:30pm - 5:00pm

Closing Remarks
Patti Pearlberg, Esq.