Robert S. Goldsmith and Steven G. Mlenak will be on the faculty for the seminar “Evolving Markets and Lagging Policies in Land Use and Redevelopment” at the 2018 New Jersey Planning Conference. The two-day event will be held at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick on January 25 & 26, 2018. Sponsored by the American Planning Association’s New Jersey Chapter, the annual conference is the largest land use conference in the state, featuring over 50 sessions, 200 speakers & 700 attendees. Mr. Goldsmith and Mr. Mlenak’s seminar is scheduled for Thursday, January 25 from 10:45am – 12:15pm.
Technology is creating disruptions throughout land use planning, however the expectations of the public and of policy makers have not kept pace. Retail is being decimated by online retail, perhaps best exemplified by Amazon. Parking demand is similarly experiencing decline with the rise of ride sharing companies such as Lyft. While these market realities are undergoing significant transformation, the expectations of the public and elected officials to provide parking and retail as part redevelopment efforts has not kept pace. This seminar will examine issues faced by developers and redevelopers as they strive to find a middle ground between an evolving market demand and anachronistic public expectations.
As co-Chair of the firm’s Redevelopment & Land Use Department, Mr. Goldsmith's practice focuses on redevelopment, downtown and urban revitalization, transit oriented development, project financing and incentives, sustainable building initiatives and public-private partnerships. His experience encompasses counseling clients on the specialized issues in redevelopment related to parking demand, design and construction.
A member of the firm’s Real Estate and Redevelopment & Land Use Departments, Mr. Mlenak concentrates a majority of his practice in the area of community association law, providing strategic guidance and general counseling to association clients across a broad range of legal issues including construction defect litigation, Fair Housing discrimination cases and landlord-tenant matters. Mr. Mlenak also provides support and guidance to clients on a variety of land use matters, including site plan, subdivision and variance applications, and counsels both developers and municipalities on issues related to the redevelopment process.
Additional conference information and registration details at: https://njplanningconference.org/