Planning, Zoning and Land Use Best Practices for Economic Development

APA Ohio Cleveland Section


Friday, November 2, 2018
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. EDT

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Potential developers’ first impressions of a community usually occur when the developer reads a zoning code, inquires with the building and planning departments and goes before planning commission or the board of zoning appeals. The developer’s interaction with a community’s zoning professionals can make or break an economic development opportunity. This session will cover best practices for planning professionals, building and zoning administrators and planning commission members, and will discuss how those best practices tie into economic development. The session will cover topics including implementing reasonable zoning procedures that are easily determined from the zoning code; adopting clear and proper administrative forms; running meetings properly; providing documents in accordance with Sunshine Laws; and maintaining commissions and staff with a basic understanding of zoning law, proper meeting procedures and economic development incentives, with a brief discussion of each.


R. Todd Hunt

R. Todd Hunt, attorney and partner at Walter|Haverfield, LLP is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer and legal counselor on municipal/local government law, land use, zoning and constitutional law issues. He concentrates his practice in all areas of public law and land use and zoning issues, where he ... Read More

Jessica Trivisonno

Jessica Trivisonno is the Economic Development and Marketing Coordinator for the Cudell and Edgewater neighborhoods in Cleveland at Cudell Improvement Inc. Previously, Jessica worked as an attorney at Walter Haverfield in the firm's Public Law group. She focused her legal practice on land use and zoning issues. Jessica graduated ... Read More

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