Charles L. Siemon - Attorney at Law

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Charlie is a planning and planning law consultant who provides professional services to public and private sector clients in regard to a wide variety of land use matters. In a career of more than 30 years, he has served clients in more than 30 states and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico in regard to land use planning, preservation of environmentally sensitive and open space lands, downtown and community redevelopment, and growth management. 

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  • Emory University, B.S. biology (1967)
  • Florida State University, Graduate Studies biology (1969)
  • Florida State University College of Law, J.D. (1974)
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals, 5th, 7th and 9th Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Professional Associations & Memberships
  • The Florida Bar
    • Environmental and Land Use Law Section, Member
  • American Bar Association
  • American Planning Association
    • Planning and Law Division, Member
Awards & Recognitions
  • Boca Raton Historical Society's Walk of Recognition, Inductee, 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2015-2018
    • Lawyer of the Year, Environmental Law, 2017
  • South Florida Business Journal, Power Leaders in Law & Accounting, 2014-2015
  • Chambers USA, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, 2013-2017
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2014-2015
  • AV Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts of Mizner Park, Inc., Founder and Current Chair
  • Festival of the Arts BOCA, Chair
  • Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Former Board Member and Chair
Land Use Planning
  • Preparation of Update to the City of Coral Gables Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code
  • Expansion Area Master Plan for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (detailed plans for expansion of the first urban service area by 5,330 acres including community design, infrastructure and preservation of natural and open space features) (1996)
  • Downtown Boca Raton Area-wide Development of Regional Impact and Mizner Park Redevelopment Project (1986-present)
  • New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan (1986-1992)
  • Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Regulations for the Florida Keys Area of Critical State Concern (1985)
  • Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan for the New Jersey Pinelands Commission (1979-1981, 1985)
  • Planning and design, consensus-based study committees
    • West Palm Beach, Florida
    • Oviedo, Florida
  • Rural lands preservation
    • Lexington-Fayette County, Kentucky
  • Transportation corridor Paris Pike in Lexington, Kentucky
  • A statewide consensus building process
  • Delaware Public Policy Institute, with funding from the Governor's Office and Delaware DOT
  • Gubernatorial study committee
    • North Key Largo
    • Wekiva River Commission
  • Junta de Planificacion Puerto Rico, new commonwealth-wide plan and implementing regulations
Community Redevelopment
  • City of Lauderhill Findings of Necessity and CRA Plans (2002-2004)
  • City of Oviedo Downtown Master Plan (2001-2003)
  • City of Coral Springs CRA Findings of Necessity, CRA Formation and Community Redevelopment Plan for Coral Springs Town Center (2003)
  • Beach by Design, Community Redevelopment Plan for Clearwater Beach (1999-2000)
  • Plan de Desarrollo Integral por la Peninsulsa de Camera, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1992-1994)
  • Downtown master plan, downtown DRI, Mizner Park Feasibility Study, conceptual site plan for Mizner Park, drafting public/private partnership for Mizner Park and representing CRA in development of Mizner Park in Boca Raton, Florida (1986-1991)
  • City of Coral Gables, Florida, Zoning Code Rewrite (2004-present)
  • Miami-Dade County, Florida, Discretionary Development Approvals Rewrite (2003)
  • Community Development Code, City of Clearwater, Florida (1999-2000) 
Legislative Drafting & Land Use Regulation
  • City of North Miami Beach, Zoning Code Rewrite
  • City of Coral Gables, Florida, Zoning Code Rewrite (2004-present)
  • Miami-Dade County, Florida, Discretionary Development Approvals Rewrite (2003)
  • Community Redevelopment Code, City of Clearwater, Florida (1999-2000)
  • Zoning Ordinance, City of Wilmette, Illinois (1989-1990)
  • Zoning Ordinance and Historic District Regulations, City of Lake Charles, Louisiana (1981-1982)
  • Legislation, Florida, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Illinois, Tennessee, Georgia and Delaware
Land Use Litigation
  • Hernandez v. City of Lafayette, 643 F.2d 1188 (5th Cir.), reh'g denied, 649 F.2d 336 (1981), cert. denied, 455 U.S. 907 (1982), appeal after remand, 699 F.2d 734 (5th Cir. 1983) (alleged civil rights violation)
  • Hernandez v. City of Lafayette, 399 So, 2d 1179 (La. Ct. App. 1981), writ denied, 401 So. 2d 1192 (La. 1981), appeal dismissed, 455 U.S. 901 (1982) (reasonableness of denial of rezoning)
  • St. Johns County v. Northeast Florida Builders Assoc., Inc. ,559 So. 2d 363 (Fla. 5th DCA 1990) (certified as a question of great public importance), quashed 583 So. 2d 635 (Fla.), reh'g denied (1991) (educational facilities impact fees)
  • GIisson et al. v. Alachua County, 558 So. 2d 1030 (Fla. 1st DCA 1990), rev. denied, 570 So. 2d 1304 (Fla, 1990) (environmental and historical preservation, not a taking)
  • Don's Porta Signs v. City of Clearwater, 829 F.2d 1051 (11th Cir. 1987), cert. denied, 485 U.S. 981 (1988) (ban on portable signs)
  • Unity Ventures v. County of Lake, 841 F.2d 770 (7th Cir, 1988), cert. denied, Alter v. Schroeder, 488 U.S. 891 (1988) (denial of sewer service alleged to be a violation of anti-trust laws)
  • Graham v. Estuary Properties, Inc., 399 So. 2d 1374 (Fla.), reh's denied (1981), cert. denied
  • Taylor v. Graham, 454 U.S. 1083 (1981) (wetlands preservation and the taking issue)
Development Planning & Permitting
  • Amendments to a large office/light industrial park DRI in Boca Raton, Florida, to permit an intermodal transportation facility for the Tri-County Commuter Rail Authority
  • Preparation of Boca Raton, Florida's downtown "Area-wide DRI," which led to a revised downtown development plan based on three primary elements — implementation of a beautification plan, a capital facilities plan and a "catalyst for redevelopment" that ultimately became Mizner Park
Articles & Publications
  • "Deja Vu All Over Again," Law Review, NIU College of Law, 1999
  • "Successful Growth Management Techniques: Observations from the Monkey Cage," 29 The Urban Lawyer 2, Spring 1997
  • "Judicial Review of Local Government Decisions – Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," 20 Nova Law Review 707, Winter 1996
  • "Conditional Zoning in Illinois: Beast or Beauty?," 15 N. Ill. U, Law Review 585, 1995
  • "School Funding in the 1990's: Impact Fees or Bake Sales?" 44 Land Use L. and Zoning Digest 7, 1992
  • "Who Should Pay for Free Public Schools in an Expensive Society," 20 Stetson Law Review 3, Spring 1991
  • "Public Places as Infrastructure," 18 Environmental and Urban Issues 2, FAU/FIU Joint Center for Environmental and Urban Problems, Winter 1991
  • "Who Owns Cross Creek?" 5 Jrnl. of Land We & Env. L. 323, 1990
  • "Carrying Capacity Planning: Rx for the Future?," Implementation of the 1985 Growth Management Act: From Planning to Land Development Regulations (FAU/FIU Joint Center for Environmental and Urban Problems, Monograph #89-1)
  • "The Taking Issue Trilogy: The Beginning of the End?," 33 Journal of Urban and Contemporary L. 169, 1988
  • "Downtown/Areawide DRI's: The Benefits to Growing Communities," Growth Management Innovations in Florida (FAU/FIU Joint Center for Environmental and Urban Problems, Monograph #88-1)
  • "Plan Implementation in the Florida Keys Through Land Acquisition," 16 Coastal Management 93, 1988
  • "Legal and Legislative Challenges," B. Robichaud, Protecting the New Jersey Pinelands, Rutgers Press, 1987
  • "Exactions and Takings after Nollan," 39 Land Use L. & Zoning Digest, No, 9, September 1987
  • "The Paradox of In Accordance With a Comprehensive Plan' and Post Hoc Rationalizations: The Need for Efficient and Effective Judicial Review of Land Use Regulations," 16 Stetson Law Review 604, 1987
  • "Who Bears the Cost?," 50 Law and Contemporary Problems 115, 1987
  • "What Goes Around, Comes Around," in Perspectives on Florida's Growth Management Act of 1985 (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Monograph #86-5)
  • Co-Author, "The Zoning Game Revisited," Babcock, Richard and Charles Siemon, Oelgeschlager, Gunn & Hain, 1985
  • "Of Regulatory Takings and Other Myths," 1 Journal of Land Use & Env. L. 105, 1985
  • "The White River Junction Manifesto," 9 Vermont Law Review 193, 1984
  • "Vested Rights: Balancing Public and Private Development Expectations," Urban Land Institute, 1982
  • "Flood, Plague and Planning Save the East Everglades," 48 Planning No. 9, October 1982
  • "Planning for Litigation," 33 Land Use Law & Zoning Digest No. 2, February 1981
  • "San Diego Gas & Electric," 33 Land Use Law & Zoning Digest, No. 5, May 1981
  • "A Not So Quiet Revolution," Environmental Comment, August 1980
  • "In Accordance with a Comprehensive Plan: The Myth Revisited," Institute on Planning, Zoning and Eminent Domain, 1979
  • "Coordination of Permitting Procedures in Management and Control of Growth; Techniques in Application," Vol IV. Urban Land Institute, 1978
  • "Improving Due Process in Local Zoning Decisions," Environmental Comment, August 1976
  • Regional Planning (Contributing Author)
Presentations & Seminars
  • Co-Chair, “Legislation, Litigation and Moving Forward: All Points of View,”CLE International’s 20th Anniversary Land Use Law Conference, August 3-4, 2017, Tampa, Florida
  • Moderator, "Insights Into Boca Raton’s Growth and Future Development,” Urban Land Institute Southeast Florida/Caribbean (ULI) Panel, November 15, 2016
  • Co-Chair, "Legislation, Litigation & Looking Forward," CLE International, 18th Annual Land Use Law Conference, Tampa, Florida, August 6-7, 2015
  • “Enabling Rural County Zoning,” APA National Planning Conference, Seattle, Washington, April 18-21, 2015
  • "Community and Culture," TEDx Boca Raton, March 26, 2015
  • Co-Chair, "The New Normal," CLE International, 17th Annual Land Use Law Conference, Tampa, Florida, August 21-22, 2014
  • Co-Chair, "The New Normal," CLE International, 16th Annual Land Use Law Conference, Tampa, Florida, August 1-2, 2013
  • University of Illinois, School of Urban Planning Circle Campus (1983-1984)
  • Adjunct Professor DePaul University College of Law (1985-1988)
  • Lecturer, Northwestern University College of Law (1989-1997)
  • John M. DeGrove Eminent Scholar in Growth Management and Development, in School of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida Atlantic University (present)
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