Taking Flight with Drones: Uses in Planning and Legal Issues

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You'll learn about:

  • Understand what drone technology is available for planners.
  • Gain an appreciation of the federal, state, and local laws affecting the use of drones.
  • Know how to resolve legal and ethical conflicts in the use of drones for planning and enforcement. 

This is a session on the legal issues of the use of drones in planning.  It starts with the technology of drones with a speaker from the industry. Following that, the use of drones in planning is addressed.

Then, the federal, state, and local legal issues are developed, including preemption, with an emphasis of the need to resolve unnecessary conflicts between full use of drones in planning and the need to protect the public safety and civil rights.

Listen to a discussion among the panelists on how we can make better use of drones for the benefit of all, including what regulations of drone use.

About the Speakers

Ann Gergen
Ann Gergen oversees AGRiP operations, governance, and member service delivery. Ann has almost twenty-five years of direct public sector employment and experience in local government management, emergency services, risk management, primary and reinsurance claims, pooled insurance services and operations. Ann has both direct and service administrator experience in multiple local government and public pooling environments. She was associate pool administrator (P/C and work comp), program manager (employee benefits pool), and director of technology at the League of Minnesota Cities and League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust. She also served as director of the Arizona Municipal Risk Retention Pool (AMRRP) and director of the Social Services Contractors Insurance Pool (SSCIP), also in Arizona. Ann’s background includes reinsurance and commercial industry experience. She was Vice President of Claims and Loss Control at NLC Mutual, and was the first Director of NLC-RISC in a combined staffing structure with NLC Mutual. Ann was Managing Director of the Alternative Markets Division of Berkley Risk, a W.R. Berkley company, where she served a variety of public and not-for-profit pools and self-insured groups. Ann is a nationally recognized resource in strategic management and operations of public sector pools. She sits on several Boards of Directors including the Public Entity Risk Institute and the Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute. Ann is an attorney licensed in the State of Minnesota and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. She teaches risk management to public safety graduate students and is herself a former EMT.

Jordan Peterson, RLA, LEED AP
Project LA + Urban Designer, ColeJenest & Stone Raleigh, North CarolinaArchitecture & Planning Current ColeJenest & Stone, Lift Aerial Marketing, LLC Previous NC State University, McKim & Creed, CLH Design, PA Education North Carolina State University Specialties: Master Planning, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, City & Regional Planning, Sustainable Design Strategies, Construction Documentation and Administration, Project and Program Management, Research and Statistics Computer Skills: AutoCAD, Adobe Suite CS3 and 4 (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Bridge, LifeCycle, Premiere Pro), Sketchup Pro (and Shaderlight/Podium), MicroStation, ESRI ArcGIS 9.3, MS Office Suite

Sezen Jones
Sezen Jones, J.D., M.B.A., is an attorney and Senior Public Policy Manager at AirMap. Prior to joining AirMap, Ms. Jones was a litigator and trial attorney in Southern California, where she represented healthcare providers and businesses on a variety of issues. Thereafter, Ms. Jones joined Uber’s public policy team in Asia, where she led engagement with policymakers and regulators throughout the region. Ms. Jones has primarily focused her policy practice on disruptive technologies and transportation issues.

David McGuire, Esq.
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