Land Use Institute 2023

Date: Dec 28, 2023 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick and Online

Member Price: $195

Non-Member Price: $244

Section Price: $183

Event Code: I139623

Areas of Law: Land Use

Earn up to 7.7 credits, including 1.2 in Ethics and 2.1 in Diversity! (More Information)




Gary S. Forshner, Esq.
Law Offices of Gary Forshner, South Amboy
is the founder and Principal of the Law Offices of Gary S. Forshner in South Amboy, New Jersey, after previously serving as the Co-Chair of the Redevelopment and Land Use Department of one of New Jersey’s most prestigious law firms. He concentrates his practice in land use, zoning and real estate development and redevelopment, and represents local, national and international developers, property owners and other business clients engaged in mixed use, residential, industrial, office, retail and affordable housing development projects. Mr. Forshner provides sophisticated counsel and guidance across all phases of the project life cycle, including land use planning and approvals; permits and variances; appearances before municipal, county and state boards and agencies; and appeals of unfavorable land use decisions. He has also served as special land use counsel to municipalities and the New Jersey Builders Association (NJBA).

Admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Mr. Forshner is Past Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Land Use Law Section and a member of the Mercer County Bar Association. He is a Director of the NJBA, has been Chair of the Association’s Master Sponsor Committee and has served on or chaired several other committees. Mr. Forshner has been a Trustee of the Shore and New Jersey Builders Political Action Committees as well as the Shore Builders Association of Central New Jersey. He has been a member of the Builders League of South Jersey, the National Association of Home Builders and the Legislative Affairs Committee of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties-New Jersey (NAIOP-NJ), and has served on several committees of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

Mr. Forshner has lectured on zoning and planning, sustainable energy land use, eminent domain, real estate transactions, financing and leasing, and attorney and government ethics topics for organizations including ICLE, the NJBA and ICSC, and is the author and co-author of articles which have appeared in the New Jersey Lawyer, the New Jersey Law Journal and other publications. He is the 2008 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Political Action and the 2013 Builders’ Choice Award, both bestowed by the New Jersey Builders Association, and several other honors. He is also a frequent contributor to the New Jersey Law Blog.

Mr. Forshner received his B.S. from Pennsylvania State University and his J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law.
Creigh Rahenkamp, PP, AICP
Creigh Rahenkamp & Associates, Riverton


Hon. Peter A. Buchsbaum, JSC (Ret.)
Lanza & Lanza LLP, Flemington
Daniel D. Cronheim, Esq.
The David Cronheim Company, Chatham
is an officer and General Counsel to David Cronheim Companies in Chatham, New Jersey. A Certified Property Manager (CPM), he concentrates his practice in the representation of applicants before land use boards throughout the state. He is also President of and General Counsel to the David Cronheim Mortgage Corporation, a commercial mortgage banking company.

Mr. Cronheim is a member and Chair of the Watchung Borough Zoning Board of Adjustment, a position he has held since 1995. He has been Secretary of Chapter One of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM, the property management and education division of the National Association of Realtors). A member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, he is Past Chair of the Association’s Land Use Law Section and has served on its COAH Subcommittee, and has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation, a publicly-traded real estate investment trust.

Mr. Cronheim teaches courses for New Jersey real estate licensees and has lectured for ICLE. He created and has regularly taught continuing real estate education courses for IREM’s Chapter One. He was elected to the New Jersey Chapter Hall of Fame of NAIOP (the commercial real estate development association) and has served on NAIOP’s Land Use Committee.

Mr. Cronheim received his A.B., cum laude, from Princeton University and his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law. He received his CPM (Certified Property Manager) designation from IREM in 2010.
Henry L. Kent-Smith, Esq.
Fox Rothchild LLP, Lawrenceville
Erik C. Nolan, Esq.
Surenian, Edwards & Nolan, Point Pleasant Beach
Anne H. Studholme, Esq.
Post Polak, P.A., Roseland
Steven J. Tripp, Esq.
Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A., Woodbridge

Every year, the Land Use Institute brings together attorneys, planners, and other experts who will examine how retailers, commercial landlords, builders, developers, tenants, and towns are responding to current challenges.

As an attendee, you’ll hear practical advice that you can apply immediately to your practice and will have a chance to network with colleagues and land use professionals.

Program Agenda:

  • Environmental Permitting – Land Use – Where is it going?
    • Stormwater rule
    • Flood hazard rules
    • PACT Rules
    • Environmental Justice Law
  • Parking and traffic
    • EVs
    • Changing technology – Self-driving vehicles and impact on parking requirements
    • Addressing traffic
    • Comparisons to existing uses
    • Comparisons to prior uses
  • Objectors Panel – How to present objections and defend against objectors
  • Diversity & Inclusion: Housing Issues
    Panel discussion of the issues arising in compliance with current housing plans, a look at 2025 and beyond, and a discussion of overlooked housing types including modular housing and special needs.
    - Moderator: Creigh Rahenkamp, PP, AICP
    - Speakers: Hon. Peter A. Buchsbaum, JSC (Ret.); Daniel D. Cronheim, Esq.; Henry L. Kent-Smith, Esq.; Erik C. Nolan, Esq.; Anne H. Studholme, Esq.
  • Land Use applications 
    • Advanced tricks of the trade that no one knows
    • Working with (the hated) planners
    • Prepping witnesses
    • Net opinions
  • Ethics: Understanding and working with the ethical requirements of your witness - Steven J. Tripp, Esq.

CLE Credits
NJ CLE:NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 7.7 hours of total CLE credit, including 1.2 in Ethics and 2.1 in Diversity (Full Credits Available: NJ Advanced Diversity: 2.1, NJ Ethics: 1.2, NJ General: 4.4).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Diversity Non-Transitional: 2.0, NY Ethics Non-Transitional: 2.0, NY Professional Practice Non-Transitional: 4.0
PA CLE:PA Ethics Credit: 2.5, PA Substantive Credit: 3.5
New: No PACLE fee is required for this program. To earn PA CLE credits, a valid PA Bar ID number must be entered into the CLE form provided after attending the program.

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