The Florida State University College of Law and The Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section present:

Growth Management

in a Shrinking Economy

Wednesday, April 1 • 3:30-5 p.m.
B.K. Roberts Hall, Room 102

Reception to follow forum in the Rotunda.

Florida was one of the first states to enact state-wide growth management legislation, leading the way with mandatory local comprehensive planning, state review of developments of regional impact and areas of critical state concern and concurrency requirements. Today, however, Florida is one of the hardest hit among states by the global economic crisis. Although it never seemed imaginable, a very real question for Florida is when there will be any new growth to manage.

The current legislative session is certain to confront the need to calibrate growth management in a shrinking economy. Has growth management itself contributed to the state’s economic situation, thus fueling calls for “streamlining” and “modernizing”? Or is growth management a scapegoat, with the economic crisis serving as cover for efforts to weaken regulation? This forum puts these and other growth management issues in play and will provide our distinguished panelists the opportunity to comment on reform proposals that have been introduced in the session. 

Panelists are:


Tom Pelham ('71) is secretary of the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA), the state land planning agency, whose mission includes local comprehensive planning, growth management and community development and revitalization. Pelham, an attorney and certified planner, has more than 30 years of experience in working with Florida's planning, growth management and environmental programs, including having served as DCA secretary during the initial implementation of the 1985 Growth Management Act.  Pelham received a bachelor's degree in Government from Florida State University and a master's degree in Political Science from Duke University. He received his law degree from Florida State Law before earning a Master of Law from Harvard Law School.

Tim Chapin is an associate professor in the Department of Urban & Regional Planning. He holds a B.A. in Sociology from Emory University, a master’s degree in City Planning from Georgia Tech, and a Ph.D. in Urban Design and Planning from the University of Washington. His research interests are the areas of growth management and downtown redevelopment. Chapin has published articles on growth management in many leading planning journals and is a recognized authority on Florida’s growth management system. He has worked extensively with the Century Commission for a Sustainable Florida on the topic of regional visioning.

Nancy G. Linnan ('74) is a shareholder in the Carlton Fields law firm in Tallahassee. Linnan practices primarily in the areas of environmental/land use and administrative law and government consulting. In the growth management area, she works with developments of regional impact, comprehensive plan amendments, sector plans and local land use approvals. She has served as assistant secretary of the Florida Department of Community Affairs, assistant deputy attorney general and chief of the Division of Cabinet Affairs for the Florida Attorney General and assistant general counsel for the Florida Department of Administration.

Rebecca O’Hara ('94) is the legislative director for the Florida League of Cities, a statewide association representing the interests of Florida’s 410 municipal governments. She represents the league on a variety of municipal matters before state agencies, the Florida Legislature and courts, with particular focus on land use and environmental issues. Prior to joining the league in 1999, Rebecca practiced law in the private sector, where she represented clients in areas relating to environmental, administrative, land use and growth management law.

Uma Outka is the legal director of 1000 Friends of Florida. She is responsible for representing 1000 Friends and individuals, at the direction of the board of directors, concerning comprehensive plans and plan amendments, land development regulations and development orders. Additionally, she assists 1000 Friends on legal and/or policy planning and growth management issues. Before joining 1000 Friends, Outka worked as a litigation attorney with the Portland, Maine-based law firm Verrill Dana, LLP.

Linda Loomis Shelley is a shareholder in the Fowler White law firm in Tallahassee. She has extensive experience in environmental and land permitting before state, regional and local entities. Shelley has served as secretary and general counsel of the Department of Community Affairs. She has held numerous other state positions including chief of staff of the Governor’s Office, general counsel to the Governor and chief of staff for the Florida Department of Insurance.


Florida Bar CLE credit has been applied for this event.

Call 850.644.7781 or e-mail to reserve a seat at the forum.