Property Rights Foundation of America®


The Other Side of Zoning and Building Codes

The Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights

Saturday, October 18, 2008
Holiday Inn, 205 Wolf Road, Albany, New York

Join us for our Twelfth Annual event
A memorable day with nationally acclaimed leaders, experts, and grassroots leaders.
A sterling opportunity for learning, inspiration,
And making true friends in our cause of private property rights.

Conference Program

Authors' Reception, Book-Signings, & Registration (Includes Light Buffet) 8:00 am
Complementary literature displays, Time to meet speakers, friends and renew acquaintances

Welcome - 8:45 am
Carol W. LaGrasse, P.E.,
President, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc.

"Zoning & Building Codes: Rules Beyond Reason"

Opening Address 9:00 am
Lolita Buckner Inniss, J.D., L.L.M.,
Associate Professor of Law, Cleveland-Marshall School of Law,
Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio

"The Façade of New Urbanism & the Form-Based Code"

Morning Address: "Freeing the Community for the Future" 10:00 am
Introduced by: Ms. LaGrasse

Randal O'Toole, Bandon, Oregon
Director, American Dream Coalition of the Independence Institute;
Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; Senior Economist Thoreau Institute

"Free Market Solutions to Urban Problems"

Short Break Coffee Served - 10:50

Morning Panel - "Fighting for Land-use Reform in Congress & Court" 11:00
Chaired by: Ms. LaGrasse

Jason Knox, Esq., Legislative Staffer, U.S. House of Representatives
Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands

"Property Rights Update from Washington, D.C."

Robert J. Smith, Senior Fellow for Environmental Policy, National Center for Public Policy Research; Adjunct Senior Environmental Scholar, Competitive Enterprise Institute; & President, Center for Private Conservation, Washington, D.C.
"Congressional Designs on Your Property Rights"

James E. Morgan, Esq., Galvin and Morgan, Delmar, New York
"Conservation Easements and TDR's: Fifth Amendment Takings through Zoning"

Luncheon & Awards Presentation 12:00

Keynote Address
Don Corace, Naples, Florida
Real Estate Developer and Author

"Fight the Good Fight for Private Property Rights"

Select panel: Citizen Activists Defending Their Rights
John Salvador, Jr. -
"Removal of Public Official from Office"
Kenneth Switzer -
"Certificate of Occupancy without Building Inspection"
Edwin Navin -

Afternoon Panel 1 "Up from the Depths of Zoning" 1:45
Chaired by: Ms. LaGrasse

John S. Marwell, Esq.
Shamberg Marwell Davis & Hollis, Mt. Kisco, New York

"No-Growth Zoning"

Alan J. Knauf, Esq.
Knauf Shaw LLP, Rochester, New York-
"Wind Power Meets Zoning"

Short Break 3:10

Afternoon Panel 2 "Protecting the People: Leaders and Litigants" 3:20
Chaired by: Ms. LaGrasse

Robert McNamara, Attorney
Institute for Justice, Washington, D.C.

"Is Your Rental Home Your Castle?
Administrative Warrants and Personal Privacy in the Twenty-first Century

Marshall Sayegh, Businessman, Gualala California
President, Property Rights Foundation of Mendocino County
"Confronting the California Coastal Commission's Ultra-control of Local Communities"

Albert Wassenhove, Retired Business Executive, Ghent, New York
"Foreign Intrusion on County Soil—A Zoning Tool"

Closing Address 4:25
Roman P. Storzer, Storzer & Greene, P.L.L.C., Washington, D.C.
"The Rights of Religious Institutions Facing Zoning & Historic Preservation"

Evening Farewell 5:00 p.m.
Informal Reception
Light hors d'oeuvres Capitol Room 5:15

For further information: Property Rights Foundation of America
P. O. Box 75, Stony Creek, NY 12878 (518) 696-5748,

Public Welcome Admission includes Light Breakfast Buffet, Luncheon, Reception, and Gratuities;
Conference Packet and Proceedings (to be published later): $75.00 payable (check or money order) by
October 10 to the Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., or $85.00 at the door.

Students: Please Inquire about Generous Discount Made possible by a grant from the
Great Circle Foundation Inc.
Group Discount

Location Holiday Inn Turf, 205 Wolf Road, Albany (518) 458-7250), Located a short distances from I-87 (Adirondack Northway) Exit 4, Four miles from Albany County Airport; cab or Holiday Inn overnight guests complimentary shuttle service.

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