2019 National Planning Conference

Right-of-way Management: Small Cells to Scooters

Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. PDT

CM | 1.50
L | 1.50

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198244

Location: 3020

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  • Manage dedications of public right-of-way, and regulatory tools of best practices in right-of way management.
  • Understand the regulatory challenges presented by small wireless facilities and shared mobility services in the public right-of-way.
  • Appreciate new constitutional limits for First Amendment activity in the public right-of-way, including panhandling, charitable solicitation, and signs.


Local governments hold the public right-of-way in trust for the benefit of the public; but rapid changes in technology, federal policy, and constitutional law are increasing demands for services and challenging local regulatory authority. Join Engaging Local Government Leaders' GovLove podcast, experienced local government attorneys, and industry professionals to discuss best practices for right-of-way management in the face of emerging challenges. Planners will review local authority to regulate small wireless facilities, challenges presented by federal preemption, and news from the front lines as local governments litigate the Federal Communication Commission’s new rules. Panelists will discuss the unique demands from shared mobility services in the public right-of-way, including car-sharing, bikes, scooters, and more. Finally, nationally-recognized planning law professionals will discuss how the First Amendment is changing regulations of panhandling, charitable solicitation, and signs in the public right-of-way. Moderated by Kent Wyatt as part of ELGL's #GovLoveLegal series, this session promises an engaging discussion on emerging issues for streets, sidewalks, and parks in every community.


This session qualifies for 1.5 Law CM.

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Session Speakers

Alan Weinstein
Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH

Gail A. Karish
Best Best & Krieger LLP
Los Angeles, CA

Alicia Giudice
City of San Rafael, California
Rohnert park, CA

Brandon Bordenkircher
Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development

Daniel J. Bolin
Ancel Glink
Chicago, IL

Kent Wyatt
Engaging Local Government Leaders
West Linn, OR

Isidro A. Jimenez
Offce of the City Attorney, City and County of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA