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- An Overview of Tree Conservation Ordinances
Christopher J. Duerksen, R. Matthew Goebel
Gain a clear understanding of municipal ordinances as tools to protect trees and vegetation. Duerksen and Goebel, two land use planners and attorneys, discuss the myriad of issues surrounding local tree conservation ordinances and synthesize the wide jurisdictional variations into common applicable elements. Duerksen also provides practice pointers for drafting effective, legally defensible tree protection ordinances. Filled with authoritative information, this video is a premier guide to tree and vegetation conservation.
VID7 1:10:00 (1998) $55
- Conservation Easements & Preservation of Open Space and Ranchlands:
Lessons from Colorado
Lawrence R. Kueter, Daniel E. Pike, Lynne Sherrod
This video outlines the principles of conservation easements and examines their real life application through the efforts of two statewide land trusts in Colorado, Colorado Open Lands and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust to preserve open space and ranchlands in Colorado.
VID12 1:11:00 – panel presentation at the 8th Annual RMLUI Conference (1999) $55
- The Costs and Benefits of Sprawl
Greg Byrne, Robert W. Burchell, Donald L. Elliott, Pietro S. Nivola
While planners and citizens have long suspected that sprawling, low-density land use patterns are costly, it is remarkably difficult to quantify the costs involved. This video brings together three leading land use professionals to do just that. Speakers review the different ways in which typical land use codes promote sprawl, and then discuss the best available research quantifying the costs to local governments and taxpayers in terms of (1) higher infrastructure construction costs, (2) higher operating costs, (3) decreased environmental quality, and (4) avoidable social costs related to poverty. Pietro Nivola reviews his conclusions on the causes of sprawl as published in Laws of the Landscape: How Policies Shape Cities in Europe and America, Robert Burchell reviews the extensive quantitative research collected in The Costs of Sprawl – Revisited, and Don Elliott reviews detailed
findings collected from a 1999 study of the costs of government in core, suburban, and fringe areas.
VID16 1:14:00 – panel presentation at the 9th Annual RMLUI Conference (2000) $55
- Designing Development to Reduce Crime
Dean Brennan, Robert Odland, Al Zelinka
Crime, and perhaps more importantly, the fear of crime, are major challenges to the livability of our communities. There is a definite relationship between the physical environment and public safety. Public safety serves as the cornerstone of vital, economically productive and livable communities. While preventing crime is a daunting task, overcoming the perception of crime and fear is an even greater challenge. By adding crime prevention and public safety to the already extensive list of planning and design considerations, the ultimate responsibility of protecting the public’s general health, safety and welfare is more complete. These three planning professionals from Arizona and California identify the design features that affect our perceptions of safety and demonstrate the role each of us can play to create a safer public realm. An entertaining powerpoint presentation.
VID11 1:12:00 – panel presentation at the 8th Annual RMLUI Conference (1999) $55
- Ethics Considerations for Colorado Public Officials, Lawyers & Planners
Lynda J. Oswald, Karen A. Aviles, Graham S. Billingsley, J. Bart Johnson
Lawyers, public officials and planners each face unique ethical issues in the land use decision-making process. Yet, the interplay among these various players often creates multi-faceted ethical issues that resist a simple answer. This presentation, given by a member of the Denver City Attorney’s Office, the land use director for Boulder County and an attorney from one of Colorado’s leading firms, dissects many of the issues faced by today’s land use professionals. Hypothetical scenarios taken from real world experiences enliven and focus the discussion.
VID17 1:02:00 – panel presentation at the 10th Annual RMLUI Conference (2001) $55
- First Amendment Issues in Zoning: Sex, Signs & Religious Uses
Edward H. Ziegler, Daniel R. Mandelker, Malcolm M. Murray
Any community that is concerned about signs, sexually-oriented businesses and religious uses needs this video! Two noted land use law professors and a respected private attorney discuss free speech law as it applies to these critical land uses. If you want to adopt regulations that can deal with the difficult problems of sign regulation — including such
issues as prohibitions, spacing and political signage — then this video will introduce you to the legal basics of what you can do. It also provides a road map on how to deal with adult businesses, including the all-important question of whether they can locate in your community.
VID15 1:12:00 – panel presentation at the 9th Annual RMLUI Conference (2000) $55
- Growth for the Sake of Growth is the Ideology of the Cancer Cell
In this witty and wise presentation, John Nichols, the acclaimed novelist of The Milagro Beanfield War and others, eloquently articulates his observations of the implications of the perpetual growth of American land use. Nichols’ goal is to save the planet by changing the way people think. His intriguing lay insight covers many controversial topics of land use through his own perceptions, including excerpts from his books.
VID4 0:42:00 – John Nichols’ presentation at the 7th Annual RMLUI Conference (1998) $55
- Land Use and Building the American Community
Peter Calthorpe, nationally renowned urban designer and author, presents an overview of neo-traditional planning and design concepts for building livable and functional communities. The video is a must-have primer for public officials, planners and land use lawyers on New Urbanism design techniques for infill and redevelopment of urban and suburban areas. This presentation is also valuable as a public relations tool for planners interested in introducing planning commissioners, citizens and elected officials to the advantages of the New Urbanism movement.
VID1 1:00:00 – Peter Calthorpe’s presentation at the 4th Annual RMLUI Conference (1995) $55
- Mixed-Use Mania: Making It Work
Greg Byrne, Robert M. O’Connor, Paddy Tillett
Mixed-use development is all the rage but will the market buy it? Byrne moderates a panel that says, “Yes”. Tillett offers four simple, powerful rules for successful mixed-use development and shows numerous images to illustrate his rules. O’Connor describes how Colorado Springs is using these rules to turn abstraction into reality, applying them at the site level. Listen to his “recipe for mixed-use” to see if you have the right ingredients.
VID20 1:07:00 – panel presentation at the 11th Annual RMLUI Conference (2002) $55
- The New Urbanism: Market, Myth & Reality
Benjamin A. Herman and James Constantine
James Constantine of Princeton, New Jersey, discusses the progression of traditional neighborhood development and community wide plans. Constantine, a leading expert in the field, brings to life his research and knowledge of the New Urbanism movement. A copy of his article Traditional Neighborhood Development: The Next Generation is included.
VID3 1:13:00 – panel presentation at the 6th Annual RMLUI Conference (1997) $55
- Open Space Preservation – The Obligation of a Generation
Michael O. Leavitt
Twenty-five years from now, the Rocky Mountain states will have twice as many people, but no more land, and no more water. We get one shot at this in the American West; once it is all paved over and covered with convenience stores, the opportunity will be gone. This is an obligation of a generation – to make certain the heritage we receive becomes the legacy we leave as well. In this video, Utah Governor Michael O. Leavitt encourages all westerners to fully understand the issues of preserving the heritage of our wide-open spaces and to get actively involved in finding solutions that work.
VID5 0:35:00- Utah Governor Michael O. Leavitt’s presentation at the 7th Annual RMLUI Conference (1998) $55
- Performance Zoning: Requiem or Revolution?
Christopher J. Duerksen, Lee Nellis and Alan Richman
This panel discussion with leading land use practitioners from Colorado and Idaho tackles the numerous issues raised within the subject of performance zoning. Gunnison, Colorado and Fremont, Idaho are examined in detail as modern day examples of the pros and cons of performance and Euclidian zoning. This video provides the viewer with the invaluable technical insight of experts as they share and debate their comprehensive studies in this field.
VID6 1:10:00 – panel presentation at the 7th Annual RMLUI Conference (1998) $55
- Promises & Pitfalls of Urban Redevelopment
Malcolm M. Murray, Peter A. Buchsbaum, Mark W. Johnson
The use of urban renewal as a means to promote redevelopment in inner cities and older suburbs continues to be necessary and controversial. A prominent New Jersey land use attorney discusses the legal issues of urban renewal and a noted Denver-based land planner addresses the problems of design, objections of adjacent communities and the political process, using a number of urban and suburban projects as examples. The definitive video if you are involved, or thinking of getting involved, in urban renewal.
VID19 1:12:00 – panel presentation at the 11th Annual RMLUI Conference (2002) $55
- Representing the Repugnant Land Use
Thomas J. Ragonetti, Wendy M. Petty, Debra Stein
The list of “LULUs” – locally unwanted land uses – is steadily growing. Once confined largely to highly controversial facilities such as nuclear waste disposal sites, the uses now resisted
by local communities include such fairly mundane and universally necessary items as landfills (the “town dump” of days gone by), corrections facilities, broadcast and cellular towers, homeless shelters, and mental health clinics. Battles over these types of siting uses frequently reach hysterical levels, eclipsing the real planning issues and the needs of and impacts on the communities and neighborhoods in question. This video addresses the special nature of approval dynamics for these so-called “repugnant” uses and questions whether the approval process for them should be treated differently. The speakers, seasoned legal, public relations and community organizing professionals, share their techniques, perspectives and perceptions of common problems and issues.
VID2 1:08:00 – panel presentation at the 6th Annual RMLUI Conference (1997) $55
- Scenic Highways
J. Thomas Black, Mark Bobrowski, Meg Maguire
This panel discussion focuses on two aspects of the protection of the scenic landscape. First, Meg Maguire, Director of Scenic America, outlines the National Scenic Byways Program of
the Federal Highway Administration. Maguire’s insights are invaluable for communities seeking to obtain some of the $148 million in funding set aside for this program. Second, Prof. Mark Bobrowski then reviews scenic protection devices available at the local level, including ordinances to protect viewsheds, view corridors, and to prevent eyesores. His talk provides an excellent legal overview for cities and counties interested in local action.
VID13 1:05:00 – panel presentation at the 8th Annual RMLUI Conference (1999) $55
- Substantial Relationship and the Supreme Court’s Del Monte Dunes Decision
Dwight H. Merriam, David L. Callies, Jan G. Laitos
An entertaining, in-depth discussion of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1999 decision in Del Monte Dunes at Monterey, Ltd. v. City of Monterey. The Court upheld a $1.45 million jury verdict
for a temporary taking and equal protection violation, the first time ever that the Court has affirmed a damages award for a takings plaintiff. These two noted law professors and prominent lawyer address the significance of Del Monte Dunes and the tests utilized by the Court in its decision.
VID14 1:04:00 – panel presentation at the 9th Annual RMLUI Conference (2000) $55
- Takings: An Update for Planners
Robert E. Blanchard, David L. Callies, Daniel J. Curtin, Jr.
Since at least 1976, the law of regulatory taking has affected the drafting and implementation of comprehensive plans, development plans and local zoning codes. A regulation that goes “too far” will require government to compensate landowners under the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It is therefore necessary for planners, as well as lawyers to, as Justice Brennan once said, “know the Constitution”. This video explains the basic elements of takings law and discusses the most recent trends and cases affecting land use planning and control. Among the subjects covered are total takings, nuisance and background principles, exceptions, partial takings, the notice issue, the denominator/relevant parcel issue, and unconstitutional land development conditions. A valuable addition to the planner’s video library.
VID18 1:05:00 – panel presentation at the 10th Annual RMLUI Conference (2001) $55
- The Threatened Western Landscape
Christopher J. Duerksen, Ray Rasker, Luther Propst
This entertaining video sets the groundwork for recognizing and preparing for the massive growth in western states. Propst and Rasker, from the Sonoran Institute in Arizona and Montana, explain how community based strategies can help mitigate the ecological and social impacts of western growth.
VID10 1:13:00 – panel presentation at the 7th Annual RMLUI Conference (1998) $55
- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star: The Night Lighting Revolution
Robert E. Blanchard, Christian B. Luginbuhl
Why does urban night lighting create problems? And how can legislators and planners find better solutions? Arizona astronomer Luginbuhl helps you see one of today’s hot topics in a clearer light. A must-have video for not only those developing new lighting regulations, but anyone concerned with preserving the night sky.
VID21 1:08:00 – panel presentation at the 11th Annual RMLUI Conference (2002) $55
- What’s Wrong With Takings Law: Is Takings Legislation Necessary?
Julian C. Juergensmeyer, Gideon Kanner, Edward H. Ziegler, Robert H. Freilich,
Dwight H. Merriam
Five of the leading American experts on takings law review the complexities and effectiveness of takings law and regulation. This informative and entertaining video focuses on the theoretical and practical issues involved in determining when government regulation of land use and development goes “too far,” triggering the takings clause of the Fifth Amendment. An excellent resource for those confronting the muddy waters of regulatory takings.
VID9 1:30:00 – panel presentation at the 6th Annual RMLUI Conference (1997) $55
- Zoning for Wildlife Habitat Protection
Thompson N. Hobbs, Donald L. Elliott
Hobbs, a life scientist, and Elliott, an attorney/planner, evaluate and interpret the human and developmental impacts on wildlife. This fast-paced video establishes a platform through analysis and examples to manage habitats through wildlife and people zoning, as well as examining other legal methods. This video makes the leap from theory to practice.
VID8 1:04:00 (1998) $55