4:00 – 8:00 PM
Registration Open

7:30 – 8:30 AM
Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 AM
Welcome & Austin Introduction

9:00 – 9:50 AM
The Need for Industry Leadership
Mr. Terry Mock
Executive Director

SLDI is an industry-led organization of stakeholders joining together to promote land development around the world that balances the needs of people, planet and profit – for today and future generations. Formed as a result of strong industry desire to no longer be pulled along by specific stakeholder agendas, but rather, take the lead on important industry issues, SLDI will be an advocate for a developer-centric, holistic perspective that will leverage the proven business platforms provided by Land Development Breakthroughs conferences and workshops, as well as Sustainable Land Development Today magazine, and combine them with new vehicles and enabling technologies to provide a higher level of benefits to the land development industry and a sustainable end product for society.

10:10 - 11:00 AM
The Documented Need for a Holistic, Triple-Bottom-Line Approach to Sustainable Development
Dr. Robert Paterson
Co-Director / Associate Professor
Center for Sustainable Development, The University of Texas at Austin

This presentation will summarize the findings from a major national study that sought to document the level of sustainability effort in US cities and test theories that will help us better predict and promote local sustainability activities in communities throughout the US.  The presentation will conclude with policy implications for public, private, and nonprofit sectors interested in getting their communities to do more to promote local sustainable development in all the ways we live, work and play and all manners of production and consumption.

11:00 AM – 12:20 PM
An unprecedented opportunity for developers and their core groups to bring their current or future site plans, results, needs, questions and visions.  Meet with leading professionals for the answers.  The results from this review session have been extraordinary.

11:45 AM – 12:20 PM
Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by: Connexion Technologies

12:20 – 12:55 PM
Perspective on a Developer-Centric Approach to Sustainable Development
Mr. Randall Tardy, PE
Industry Advisor
Bentley Systems

The May 2007 issue of Sustainable Land Development Today article “People, Planet, Profit” articulates the challenge developers face today. Stakeholder’s opposition to land development is quite similar to the challenges faced in transportation development for several decades.

Mitigation leadership that transportation agencies have experienced should be assumed by private developers to keep projects moving forward.

Private developers should forge practical partnerships with agencies to resolve concerns of public citizens. Product suppliers, including land development software vendors, share in the responsibility of enabling project profitability with solutions that save time and allow exploration of mitigation scenarios. This presentation will suggest a developer-centric approach for profitability while achieving success in public relations.

Truly the greatest value of Land Development Breakthroughs is the benefit of knowledge and learning.  Today’s complex challenges force us to come together, learn together and achieve together.  Learn and enjoy from the industry’s leading experts.

SESSION #1 – 1:00 – 2:00 PM

From the Eyes of Money
Chase Bank

Developing on Municipal Ground Leases
Mr. Shahriar Afshar
The Afshar Group

Why a municipal ground lease may or may not be the right option for your next development.  Learn the nuances of different types of ground leases, pros and cons, the modified due diligence process, expense structure, possible tax benefits, potential for lease-term extensions.

Planned Communities and Membrane Bioreactors:  The Perfect Relationship
Mr. Andrew Ball and Mr. Vipin Lillaney
Process Engineer and Process Manager

Membrane Bioreactors (MBR) are the most advanced wastewater treatment available.  MBR’s have many advantages for developers that need to provide wastewater treatment solutions for small communities.  MBR’s are well suited for decentralized wastewater treatment, require less space, are easier to permit, and provide more options for discharge than other available wastewater technologies.  Installed costs of MBR facilities and case studies are presented.

SESSION #2 – 2:15 – 3:15 PM

Using Spatial Technologies in Land Development
Mr. Jason Thomas
Provost & Pritchard Engineering Group, Inc.

The use of spatial technologies (GIS/GPS/Google Maps etc..) in land development projects next year.

Eco-Design & Development – Moving from Blip to Tip
Mr. Kevin Fletcher
Executive Director
Audubon International

Are we really experiencing a sea-change, specifically with respect to land development, green building, and the development of more sustainable communities? The current estimated value of new buildings participating in legitimate “green building” programs represents a very small percent of total construction in the United States. It is a blip on the radar screen—a green blip, but a blip nonetheless. What is needed is a way to make environmental stewardship, ­sustainable resource management, and ultimately, the fostering of more sustainability communities, the norm, rather than the exception, and developers in communities around the country and across the globe have a weighty role to play in this journey.  While the words and intent of developers, builders, and all those involved in development are providing the hope for change, in the end, action is needed. Pure, uncompromising, and collective action is needed to make eco-design and development commonplace.

Delivering Sustainability Off the Grid:  Central Gas Systems
Mr. Harris Baker
HBH Gas Systems, Inc.

Central Gas Systems offer developers and builders the immense marketing advantages of dual-fuels for developments located off the natural gas grid.  Providing individually metered gas from a centralized propane tank, these systems facilitate a significantly reduced pull on the electric grid with the delivery of an EPA approved alternative green energy.  Applications range from traditional residential appliances to full-scale energy delivery for entire communities, including commercial and retail applications as well as propane-powered fleet vehicles.

SESSION #3 – 3:30 – 4:30 PM

Developing in a Floodplain:  Understanding FEMA’s requirements
Mr. Jim Dunham, CFM
Compliance Supervisor
First American Flood Data Services

FEMA’s requirements for developing within a floodplain are different for builders/developers than they are for lenders.  Often times, a builder/developer can go to great lengths to meet community floodplain management requirements only to see a deal slow down or fall through when a prospective buyer is presented with the prospect of a lender’s flood insurance requirement.  This breakout session will compare/contrast building requirements with the lender’s flood insurance requirement and describe FEMA’s letter of map change process for resolving such issues.

Regeneration of Contaminated Sites: The Ultimate in Sustainability
Ms. Christine Richman
Senior Associate
Wikstrom Economic & Planning Consultants, Inc.

Reuse planning is more frequently incorporated into the design for cleanup of contaminated land. However, simply covering contaminated sites with ‘hardscape’ and buildings is not success. Cleanup expectations should reflect a world where businesses can flourish in co‐location with housing, schools, and the full range of community activities. True mixed‐use development should incorporate regeneration of soils, watershed and vegetation; to re‐set ecological succession; renewable energy development; materials recovery and reuse; high‐performance building; and economic revitalization and restoration. This session addresses sustainable redevelopment of contaminated sites that incorporates economic, environmental and development feasibility considerations. Understand the role of economic development, environmental planning, industrial ecology, urban planning and real estate in redevelopment of contaminated sites Identify new approaches to redevelopment of brownfields and superfund sites by applying multiple perspectives of sustainability Value the importance of an integrated planning model for successful and creative mixed‐use developments

Case Studies:  Sustainable Development in Practice
Mr. Jeff Buell
Sitterle Homes

4:30 – 6:00 PM
Sponsored by: Connexion Technologies
Registration also includes access to the networking reception on Thursday from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.  This reception provides you the opportunity to capitalize on the substantial networking opportunities available with attending experts and peers.  Because alcohol is available at this event, you must be at least 21 years of age to enter.
FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2008
7:30 – 8:45 AM
Continental Breakfast

8:45 – 9:00 AM
Opening Remarks and Notes

9:00 – 9:50 AM
Preferbia – Redesigning the Suburbs, from Disdainable to Sustainable
Mr. Rick Harrison
Harrison Site Design Studio

This is a plenary session you won’t want to miss and will deal with how to turn a streetscape into a powerful distinguishing amenity, how to create a “neighborhood” and not a “subdivision”, and how to reduce infrastructure cost.  Additionally, Rick will discuss the strategies for implementation of creating a neighborhood.  Out of the box planning requires out of the box engineering and surveying.  Too often, engineers and surveyors are crippled with the “That’s the way we’ve always done it syndrome”.  Discussions will focus on added complexities of design and how to make sure what was planned is what will be constructed.  Focus on the “how to” of integrating stormwater into coved neighborhoods, tricks in design of infrastructure, and getting municipal staff to buy-in.  A simple guide for building inspectors will be discussed that assures that coved setbacks are followed during the home building phase.

10:10 – 11:00 AM
Developing Excellence
Mr. Bob Kline
Vice President of Land Development
Pulte Homes

Every aspect of land development is subjective – from the architecture to the amenities.  At times, it can be difficult to put all of the pieces together correctly to sell.  It’s not just about the building structures; it’s about the lifestyle you are creating.  Learn from a Fortune 200 company and the nation’s largest builder of active adult communities some effective ways to help ensure your next development is a winner in customer satisfaction and performance.

11:00 – 12:20 PM

An unprecedented opportunity for developers and their core groups to bring their current or future site plans, results, needs, questions and visions.  Meet with leading professionals for the answers.  The results from this review session have been extraordinary.

11:45 AM – 12:20 PM
Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by SLDI

12:20 – 12:55 PM
Marketing Strategies for Maximum Impact / Visionary Awards
Ms. Sheila Burski and Mr. Rob Kundert
Events Director and Senior Editor

Individuals can make a difference to history, our choice for 2008 visionary awards proves the point.

People tend to think that choosing the Visionary Awards  is a scientific process.  It’s not; it’s a subjective one.  There’s no development measuring stick.  We have meetings, we talk to wise women and men.  But in the end, it has to be someone or something that feels right, something that’s a little unexpected, creative sustainable measures and a project that people will be eager to know more about.

After selecting the development finalists, the challenge is to narrow to the one developer that stands as the final one.  One person’s vision and influence to a development amidst the hurly-burly events that brought them there.

Listen to the stories, hear the voices and see the vision as we present the top finalist visionary awards for 2008.

Truly the greatest value of Land Development Breakthroughs is the benefit of knowledge and learning.  Today’s complex challenges force us to come together, learn together and achieve together.  Learn and enjoy from the industry’s leading experts.

SESSION #1 – 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Economic Opportunities with Decentralized Wastewater and Special Districts
Mr. Matt Phelps, P.E., R.S.
CEO and Chief Engineer

The use of public finance options for decentralized wastewater relieves the land developer of much of the cost of designing and building a decentralized wastewater system and provides an excellent exit strategy for the land developer who does not want to be in the utility business.  Special districts such as public improvement.  District PID afford the developer cost reimbursements for construction and professional fees associated with designing, permitting constructing and starting up a decentralized wastewater system.  Decentralized systems are not a panacea and are not appropriate in all locations and in all situations.  Examples of good decentralized applications and poor choices are reviewed, and the following objectives will be met:

  • How to make “go – no go” decisions for a decentralized wastewater system;
  • How to estimate cost for a “go” decision;
  • What are special districts and how can they be used to the developers advantage;
  • What is the developers exit strategy for staying out of the utility business.

Context Sensitive Solutions – Eliminate the Battle Lines
Mr. Joseph J. Viscuso PE, LS
Vice President
Stantec Consulting Services Inc.

Context Sensitive Solutions describes a process. Design professionals (architects, engineers, landscape engineers and land surveyors) too often want to go straight to the drawing board after a meeting with their client to demonstrate their effectiveness in illustrating the client’s vision. CSS is defined as an approach in planning and designing projects based on forming active and early partnerships with all stakeholders and community groups. It is a part of a nationwide trend, recognizing that all participants play an integral role in the ways in which a new development can and will affect the quality of their lives. All stakeholders expect to play a part. Knowing this and utilizing the techniques can significantly cut the amount of time from the approval process. This session will demonstrate these techniques.


The Wall Street Focus on Sustainable Development
Adrian G. Goldfarb
Managing Director of Corporate Consulting
Wall Street Resources, Inc.

The public and private equity markets are increasingly focusing on clean technology as it relates to investment opportunities.  This is particularly true for large banks, hedge funds and private equity firms as they seek to balance their returns on investment with opportunities that are “politically favorable”.  This presentation will focus on how Wall Street funding sources are seeking out opportunities for sustainable development, giving additional access to capital for land developers.  The presentation will show examples of how Wall Street Resources is connecting its clients with funding sources and how these firms are becoming more directly involved in the land development sector.

SESSION #2 – 2:15 – 3:15 PM

Green Alleyways
Center for Sustainable Development, University of Texas

Conservation Development:  Not an Oxymoron
Mr. Chris Allen
Project Manager, Member
Chris Allen and Associates

This session focuses on the vision, strategy, and status of the Wodson Place, the first real estate development project in Texas to receive the Lone Star Land Steward Award from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.  The presentation will emphasize the importance of assembling a managing and highly collaborative interdisciplinary team using integrated project management techniques to accomplish both development and conservation goals.  An overview of the process for the conservation easement for the common areas will be featured.  Approaches to greenbuilding and Wildscaping will be reviewed and the concluding remarks will focus on the “lessons learned.”

Engineering 101
Mr. Steve Sletner
TEC Design, Inc.


SESSION #3 – 3:30 – 4:30 PM

Comparison of Public Financing Alternatives
Mr. Jon Snyder
Managing Principal
Development Planning & Financing Group, Inc.

Municipal Utility Districts, Freshwater Supply Districts and Water Control Improvement Districts have been the primary public financing vehicle developers have utilized to reimburse themselves for public infrastructure.  There are currently more than 1,800 Water Districts through out Texas, with a majority located in the Houston area.  However, there is another public financing vehicle that is available to developers that may greatly enhance project profitability and dramatically increase a project’s rate of return.  Public Improvements Districts (PIDs) may allow a developer to be reimbursed for public infrastructure prior to the first home closing, finance more facilities than a Water District, and reduce the amount of annual taxes/assessments disclosed to homebuyers.

When it Rains it Drains
Mr. A. Vance Pool
Senior Director, National Resources
National Ready Mixed Concrete Association

This program provides an introduction to pervious concrete pavement as a solution to reducing storm water runoff from building sites. Attendees will learn what pervious concrete pavement is, its engineering properties and construction techniques. Pervious concrete pavement is considered a best management practices by EPA and is a recommended solution to reducing runoff in the LEED Green Building Rating System.  Pervious concrete pavement is ideal for parking areas, sidewalks, patios, tennis courts, roads and driveways.

Deep Ecology: From Business as Usual to Nature as Usual
Mr. Martin Melaver
Melaver, Inc.

Mr. Melaver, author of the forthcoming book, Restoring Who We Are: The Art of Managing a Sustainable Business, will share how the experiences of his Savannah, Georgia-based sustainable real estate development company, while at the crossroads of social entrepreneurship and green building, can be applied by others who are trying to reconcile social and environmental passion with profitability in the business world. He would like to share his passionate understanding of the development of long-term, community-oriented, green projects in a world that is typically focused on short term gains.


4:30 PM – Conference Concludes


Registration & Information Desk
Conference registration and the event information desk is located just inside the exhibit hall. Opening Wedesday, April 30 for early registration, the desk will be staffed from Wedesday, April 30 through Friday, May 2. The registration staff can assist you will your questions and special needs, as indicated:

Wedesday, April 30
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Thursday, May 1
7:30 AM – 6:30 PM

Friday, May 2
7:30 AM – 1:00 PM


Conference Badge
The conference badge you receive at on-site registration must be worn at all times while at the Renaissance for access into all plenary sessions, breakout sessions, the exhibit hall, and all other common areas. This is also part of compliance with building security regulations. If you lose your badge or have access concerns, please visit the Registration Desk for assistance. All attendees will be required to present photo identification at the Registration Desk to claim your badge, and to further comply with building security regulations.

Plan review Workshops
Located in the exhibit area and held between 11:00 a.m. and Noon on Thursday (5/1) and Friday (1/2). You are encouraged to bring along your project plans, and engage the various experts in discussions about your specific project visions, plans, results, and needs; literally lay them on the table and receive FREE expert advice from leading industry consultants who will offer you practical and innovative solutions for your specific project issues.

Visionary Project Showcase
Also located in the exhibit area, we are pleased to showcase the finalist projects for the 2008 Visionary Project Award, a national recognition program designed to honor the creativity, vision, and the implementation of best practices in land development. Recognition provides industry leaders the opportunity to distinguish themselves by being honored for their unique successes and provides the opportunity for Land Development Breakthroughs Conference attendees to become more familiar with today’s best practices for land development success.

Exhibit Hall
The exhibit hall is open from 7:30 AM until 6:30 PM on Thursday, and from 7:30 AM until 1:00 PM on Friday. Time has been specifically allotted to allow you to learn more about the exhibitors products and services prior to each day’s luncheon events and during Thursday’s networking reception 4:30 – 6:30 PM, enabling you to get the most from your conference experience.

Breakfast & Lunch
We are pleased to provide a delicious breakfast and lunch each day – available in the exhibit area.

Networking Reception
Sponsored by Connexion Technologies
Your conference registration also includes two drink tickets for the networking reception on Thurssday from 4:30 until 6:30 PM. This reception provides you the opportunity to capitalize on the substantial networking opportunities available with attending experts and peers. Because alcohol is available at this event, you must be at least 21 years of age to enter.

Room Monitoring
Attendance will be monitored at the door of each educational breakout session. Room monitors will ensure that paid registrants are guaranteed a place in each session.

Conference Attire
Business casual attire is appropriate for the entire conference.

Cell Phones
While attending educational breakout or plenary sessions, please turn your cell phones, pagers, and wristwatch alarms off or set to “silent” as a courtesy to all speakers and conference attendees.

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