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2015 Western Legislative Summit

Commercial Real Estate and the Affordable Housing Debate

As cities look to raise additional revenues for affordable housing through increases in impact or linkage fees impacting commercial development, this session will focus on the industry’s response in addressing the affordable housing issue without inhibiting economic opportunity and commercial development.

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  • Discussion Leader:
    Craig Benedetto, Principal, California Strategies

What the Clean Air Debate Means for Commercial Real Estate

The session will focus on legislative and regulatory efforts to reduce greenhouse gas and carbon emissions and its impact on commercial and industrial properties. Topics for discussion will include the Western Climate Initiative, energy benchmarking of commercial real estate and cap and trade programs.

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  • Discussion Leader:
    Jennifer Hernandez, Partner, Holland & Knight

The Impact of Water on the Commercial Real Estate Landscape

  1. Let It Rain: Water supply is critical for the growth and development in the West. This session will focus on how the supply of water is changing the commercial real estate landscape in the West, including proposed policies and other measures to maintain a sustainable water supply.

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    Discussion Leader:
    Steve LaMar, President, Irvine Ranch Water District

  2. Waters of the United States (WOTUS): This part of the session will look in depth at the new federal rule issued by the EPA and ARMY Corps to define which waters across the country will receive federal protection. We will discuss how this new regulation will impact development activities with a focus on the western states.

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    Discussion Leader:
    John Bryant, Senior Director of Federal Affairs