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2014 Conference

Fiscally Sustainable Communities

The 2014 conference was held at the Hampton Inn & Suites, a refurbished 1925 hotel near the waterfront in Bradenton, Florida, on November 12-14.  About 70 people attended.  All of the sessions were approved for 1.25 AICP certification maintenance credit hours (the Impact Fee Basics session was also approved for 0.50 legal credit hours).

The conference began Wednesday evening, with a welcome reception at the Hampton Inn from 6-8 pm. Sessions and luncheons were held on Thursday and Friday at Pier 22, a six-minute walk from the hotel. An off-site dinner was provided Thursday evening at the Riverhouse Reef & Grill, with water taxi transportation included. The conference ended with the Friday luncheon session. A Friday evening pub crawl was available for those who were staying Friday night.

The keynote speaker was Richard Heinberg, author of 11 books on the issues of energy depletion, climate change and sustainability.  Other notable speakers included Lawrence Burrows, a board director of a national home building company, giving a builder/developer’s perspective on entitlements and impact fees, and Dr. Arthur C. Nelson on the demographic profile of near-term housing demand.

There were dueling sessions on the issue of the effects of impact fee differentials in directing growth, with data from Albuquerque, NM suggesting fees influenced where new housing was built, while data from cities in Western Riverside County, CA and counties in Florida revealed no connection between fee levels and single-family permits.



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Keynote:  Peak Everything, the End of Growth, Climate Change, Sea Level Rise, and the Implicatons for Infrastructure in Coastal and Low-Lying Areas
Richard Heinberg, As the Water Rises: Infrastructure During the Next Energy Transition

The End of Growth?
Pierce Jones, Land Development, Water and Energy: Quantifying Impacts

Impact Fee Basics
Tyson Smith, Keeping it Between the Lines

Mobility Fees
Bob Wallace, Steve Tindale and Alex DavisShaw, Mobility Plans and Fees in Florida, City of Sarasota – City-wide Mobility Plan

The Impacts of NPDES Regulations on Sewer and Drainage Infrastructure Planning
Frank Davis and Henrietta Locklear, Presentation

Legal Update 2014 and Reflections on the State of the Practice
Typon Smith, Legal Update 2014
Jim Nicholas, The Challenge of Inequality

The Rationale for Needs-Based Permitting
Chris Nelson, Jim Nicholas, Julian Juergensmeyer and John Travis Marshall, Market Demand-Based Planning and Permitting

The Economics of the Financing of Roads, and the Role of the Developer
Bob Burchell, Roads as a Component of Infrastructure: Costs, Financing Gap – Role of Impact Fees/Repair
Larry Burrows, Regulation and Impact Fees: A Builder/Developer’s Perspective
Steven Polzin, Travel Behavior, Infrastructure Needs and Funding

Is the End of Affordable Housing Past?
Bob Burchell, Back to the Future: Fair Share Returns to New Jersey
Jim Nicholas, Affordable Housing in Florida: Let the Market do It
Martin Bierbaum, Affordable Housing Case Studies: Massachusetts & Maryland

The Fiscally Sustainable Capital Plan
Tonya Wallace, A Fiscally Sustainable Capital Plan

Creating Jobs and Funding Infrastructure
Steve Tindale and Nilgun Kamp, Economic Growth Initiatives

The Effects of Fee Reductions and Other Impact Fee Trends
Clancy Mullen, Impact Fee Trends
Darren Henderson, The Effects of Reducing Impact Fees: Western Riverside County, California

Financial Forces Affecting Small Utility Systems
Tara Hollis and Daryll Parker, Financial Forces Affecting Utility Systems

The Great Senior Selloff
Chris Nelson, The Great Senior Selloff

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