Conference Program Spotlight: Break-out Sessions featuring: Zoning, Legal Issues & Community Ene

*All sessions may be eligible for CM credits.

Capital Impacts Evaluations: What’s Next for Cash Proffers? (Monday July 17 – 10:15am to 11:15am)

Cash proffers have been an infrastructure funding tool used in Virginia communities for decades; however major legislative changes took effect in 2016, requiring localities to not “request or accept an unreasonable proffer” or “deny a rezoning application or proffer condition amendment due to applicant’s failure or refusal to submit an unreasonable proffer.” Localities are now faced with the challenges of complying with this change to the law and the implementation of this cash proffer change hinges on defining an unreasonable proffer, or more positively, defining a reasonable proffer. This session will provide value to practicing planners in Virginia by describing and illustrating a feasible approach and real-world tool to address the challenges posed by the new cash proffer law.

*This break-out session is repeated on Tuesday July 18 – 9:30am to 10:30am


Kimberley P. Fogle, AICP, Director of Community Development, Fauquier County

Kimberley has worked with Fauquier County for 11 years. She has over 30-years of experience in local government planning, having also worked with the City of Alexandria, the Town of Front Royal and the City of Annapolis, MD. Kimberly holds a Master’s degree in Planning from George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Maryland.

Andrew Hopewell, AICP, Assistant Chief of Planning, Fauquier County

Andrew has been involved in long range planning in Virginia for over 10 years. He has participated in capital, fiscal and economic impact modeling in multiple jurisdictions along with supporting demographic analyses. He has a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California, Irvine and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and History from Wesleyan University. Andrew is also the Chapter’s Professional Development Officer (PDO).

Julie Herlands, AICP, Vice President, TischlerBise

Julie has fifteen years of planning, fiscal, and economic development experience throughout Virginia and the United States. Prior to joining TischlerBise, Julie worked in the public sector in Fairfax County, Virginia, for the Office of Community Revitalization and for the private sector for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Her economic and fiscal impact experience includes a wide-range of fiscal impact, impact fee, and cash proffer assignments in over fifteen states and over 25 localities in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Andrew McRoberts, Attorney, Sands Anderson, PC

Andrew focuses his work on land use and zoning, subdivision, real estate, tax assessment, special service districts, and other specialized advice and litigation for local governments in Virginia. He also works with private clients needing a lawyer with local government experience and insight. Andrew represents local governments across the state, and is engaged on a part-time basis as County Attorney for Mathews County, Virginia, Richmond County, Virginia, and Essex County, Virginia and is currently the interim County Attorney for Accomack County, Virginia.

Fire on the Mountain (Monday July 17 – 10:15am to 11:15am)

Last November Gatlinburg, TN was ravaged by wildfires causing damage to many structures in the town. The fires caused economic and social consequences. Unfortunately, the fires were predictable but protective measures were not implemented before the catastrophic events of 2016. As climate change continues to impact Virginia, the risk of wildfire changes too. This session will provide attendees with planning tools, programmatic support, and technologies to support wildfire risk management in their community at the landscape scale.


John Miller, Chief of Resource Protection, Virginia Department of Forestry

John has been the State Wildland Fire Chief with the Virginia Department of Forestry for the last 17 years. He is ultimately responsible for the oversight and coordination of all wildfire control, emergency management and prescribed burning programs with the agency statewide. He has been in state forestry for his entire career of 28 years serving in various positions at the State Forest, County, Regional, and Headquarters office level during his career. John is qualified as a Type 2 Incident Commander with all-risk Incident Management Team experience on more than 27 different Type 1 or 2 IMT assignments in 14 different states over his career. He holds a B.S. in Forestry from Virginia Tech.

Form Based Codes (Monday July 17 – 2:30pm to 3:30pm)

There has been a great deal of attention paid towards how development regulations have shaped our “future communities.” In response, planners and urban designers have begun promoting form-based codes (FBC) as both a more predictable and streamlined mechanism for development approvals. This session will highlight case studies from several local governments across the country to illustrate how FBC’s work in a wide range of settings and community sizes. Examples will demonstrate how these communities went about implementing their new codes, how they are administered, and subsequent outcomes.


Jason Beske, AICP, Senior Urban Planner, Cooley LLP

Jason is a Senior Urban Planner for Cooley LLP, located in Reston Town Center. Jason was previously Chair of the APA Urban Design & Preservation Division and Board Member of the Form-Based Codes Institute. He is a co-author of the forthcoming book Urbanizing Suburbia, which will be published by Island Press in 2017. Jason earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University.

Justin Falango, RA, AICP, Chief Architect and Urban Designer, Arlington County

Justin has been involved with more than 40 design charrettes throughout the United States and abroad and also has taught architectural design at the University of Miami. His extensive work with master plans, form-based codes and architectural design guidelines has helped many municipalities and developers ensure appropriate and sustainable growth. Justin received his B.A. in Architecture from Lehigh University and two Master’s degrees from the University of Miami in Architecture and Urban Design. Justin also serves on the Resource Council for the Form-Based Codes Institute.

Room for Sharing: A Discussion of Local Homestays and Short-term Rental Regulations (Tuesday July 18 – 9:30am to 10:30am)

Recently, short-term residential rental services in the on-line marketplace, such as Airbnb, Craigslist, VRBO and other similar services, have become more prevalent throughout the United States and internationally. This session will explore evolving local zoning regulations as they pertain to short-term rentals, homestays, and other related land-uses. Planning, zoning, code enforcement and economic development staff from the City of Roanoke and Arlington County will share their experiences in working with applicants and concerned neighborhood advocates on this topic. This session will focus on balancing the community’s interests in accommodating home sharing while protecting neighborhood character by minimizing enforcement challenges.


Deborah Albert, AICP, Principal Planner, Arlington County

Deborah works on long range planning studies and coordinates the Zoning Ordinance amendment program, developing policy, implementing plans and conducting public outreach, supporting a range of policies for Arlington County. Deborah previously worked as a Planner in Fairfax County, VA, and in conservation planning as GIS Analyst and data manager for NatureServe and The Nature Conservancy. Debbie holds a Master of Community Planning from University of Maryland, from SUNY Albany, and a BS in Biology and Environmental Studies from Tufts University.

Emily Cassell, Director of the Arlington Convention and Visitors Service

Emily is Director of the Arlington Convention and Visitors Service, a division within Arlington Economic Development and the official destination marketing organization for Arlington County. Emily has more than 25 years of marketing experience in travel and tourism, economic development and technology. Emily holds an International MBA from the University of South Carolina and Austria’s Vienna University of Economics and Business, as well as a Bachelor of Journalism with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin.

Arlova Vonhm, AICP, Zoning Administrator, Arlington County

Arlova J. Vonhm, AICP is the Zoning Administrator for Arlington County and leads a 30-member team responsible for interpreting, enforcing. Prior to joining Arlington County, Arlova worked as the Zoning Update Manger for the District of Columbia Office of Planning, leading a comprehensive effort to rewrite and reorganize the city’s 50-year old zoning ordinance. Arlova received an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan.

Jillian Papa Moore, AICP, CZA, Zoning Administrator, City of Roanoke

Jillian interprets, enforces, and amends the zoning ordinance; reviews development plans; supervises the permitting office; and is staff to the Board of Zoning Appeals for the City of Roanoke.

Barry K. Stacy, Codes Compliance Inspector, City of Roanoke

Barry is the team leader of Code Enforcement for the City of Roanoke.

Updating Sign Codes: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Tuesday July 18 – 3:45pm to 4:45pm)

Sign regulations always seem to be the bane of a planner’s existence; there is continuous struggle to balance the needs of businesses with community aesthetics, and the administration and enforcement of regulations seems to be never-ending. To add to the fun, the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Town of Gilbert v. Reed case in 2015 made many sign codes unconstitutional in the blink of an eye. The purpose of this session is to discuss best practices in the process of updating your sign code, the evolving meaning and impact of the Reed case, and some tips for creating modern sign codes based on common sense. The session will help identify where communities are most at risk of being challenged on the constitutionality of their sign regulations and suggest possible solutions as well as new ideas in sign regulations to help community planners think about modernizing their sign regulations.


Wendy Moeller, AICP, Principal/Owner, Compass Point Planning

Wendy is a principal and owner of Compass Point Planning. Wendy has served as a project manager and planner for numerous planning, regulatory, and development projects including comprehensive and growth management plans; zoning, subdivision, unified development codes, and other land use regulations; form-based regulations; design standards and guidelines; land use plans; redevelopment plans; and demographic, economic, and mapping analyses. She is the author of Best Practices in Regulating Temporary Signs.

Darren K. Coffey, AICP, Chief Executive Officer, the Berkley Group, LLC

Darren is the CEO of the Berkley Group, a professional consulting firm specializing in local government services including administration, planning, public works, parks, among others. His professional career spans over 23 years from Charlotte, NC to Blacksburg, VA then Louisa and Fluvanna counties. He has worked on multi-million dollar capital projects, written/edited comprehensive plans, revised numerous zoning ordinances, drafted CIPs, CNAs, and budgets, worked with telecommunications, historic preservation, engineering, architecture, and many other consultants.

Update on Rural Land Preservation Programs (Tuesday July 18 – 3:45pm to 4:45pm)

Land conservation programs combined with good community planning contribute towards the long-term resiliency and sustainability of rural and “future” communities in Virginia. This session will focus on an overview of state and federal programs coordinated by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VADCS) and established land preservation tools within two Virginia localities, Stafford and Frederick Counties. Speakers will provide overviews of the programs currently available and utilized and how successful they have been since their creation/adoption.


Andrew V. Sorrell, AICP, Coordinator - Office of Farmland Preservation, VDACS

Andy worked as a professional land use planner in Virginia local governments for 10 years and was involved in rural and agricultural land use issues. Andy currently serves as the Coordinator for the Office of Farmland Preservation at VDACS where he manages the state-matching PDR grant program, the Virginia Farm Link program and the Virginia Century Farm program among other duties. Andy holds a B.S. Environmental Policy and Planning from Virginia Tech and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Center for Public Affairs and Policy also at Virginia Tech.

Candice Perkins, AICP, CZA, Assistant Director, Frederick County

Candice is the Assistant Director of Planning for Frederick County, Virginia and has been with the department for 15 years. Candice oversees the long-range community planning efforts of the department, land development and redevelopment activities and the development and implementation of County ordinances. A native of Frederick County, Virginia, she holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Shenandoah University and a Master’s Degree in Community Development from Iowa State University.

Kathy Baker, Assistant Director, Stafford County

Kathy has worked for Stafford County Department of Planning and Zoning in various capacities since 1988. She has served as staff liaison to the Agricultural/Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) Committee since 2001, and was appointed PDR Administrator in 2011. Kathy has B.S. in Geography from James Madison University, and a Master of Natural Resources from Virginia Tech.

Utility Scale Solar & Community Energy Systems (Tuesday July 18, 9:30am to 10:30am)

The interest in solar farm projects has increased dramatically across Virginia over the last few years. Utility-scale solar projects range from a few megawatts to more than 100 megawatts in power production. Larger projects can occupy more than one-thousand acres of land, and land leases can exist for decades. There are several questions a locality must address to full prepare for this emerging land use. Likewise, opportunities and pitfalls for landowners need clarification. This session is designed to provide planning commissioners, local elected officials, and staff planners with the information they need to understand the technical, contractual, and policy implications of on-farm and utility scale solar projects. Attendees of this workshop will be prepared to incorporate this potentially valuable industry into their community's future.


Jonah Fogel, Director, Virginia Tech’s Land Use Education Program (LUEP)

Jonah is a Community Viability Specialist with Virginia Cooperative Extension and Assistant Professor with Virginia Tech’s Center for Public Administration and Policy. He currently serves as the Director of Virginia Tech’s Land Use Education Program (LUEP). In his role as LUEP Director, Jonah conducts and manages the education program at LUEP. He also brings new resources to the effort. It’s not uncommon to see him chatting with organizational partners including many of LUEP's volunteer speakers and sponsors.

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