EXPERT PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT TESTIMONY

BY LESTER L. SOLIN, JR. FAICP, MCP, MBA

Testimony in Quasi-Judicial, Administrative, and Legislative Hearings. Lester Solin’s expert planning and development testimony is sought by public and private sector clients confronting a wide array of dilemmas. He has testified regarding entitlements, land use, land use compatibility, plan consistency, and compliance, and other planning issues surrounding site plans, development, redevelopment, comprehensive planning, land development codes and community improvement districts. His testimonies have addresses issues surrounding planning methodologies and rendered opinions regarding density and intensity, site planning, subdivisions and planned developments, aesthetics, urban form, annexations, community improvement districts, historic districts, overlay districts, conditional uses, variances, special uses, non-conformities, spot zoning and contract zoning. Solin has represented local governments, neighborhood interest groups, and private sector clients.

Testimony in Court Cases

  • Forum Architect, LLC vs. Rebecca Jetton. US District Court, Northern District of Florida, Gainesville Division, Case No. 1:07-cv-00189-SPM-AK. Expert testimony on behalf of defendant re development review for comprehensive plan/zoning compliance, Yankeetown, 2008. Court granted Defendant’s motion for summary judgment on 9/23/09.
  • Edward Barton, Gayle Barton, et. al. vs. Carillon Lakes, LLC, d/b/a Florida Leisure Communities. Case No. 53-2007CA-00449-0000-00, Section 07. Tenth Judicial Circuit, Polk County. Expert testimony on behalf of defendant concerning development potential and land use policy, 2008.
  • Frost vs. City of Bartow, Silver Active Adult Communities, LLC, S & M Saddle Creek Corporation, et. al. Tenth Judicial Circuit, Polk County. Expert testimony on behalf of plaintiff concerning land use compatibility and urban sprawl, 2005.
  • Stubbs vs. Town of Indian River Shores. Case No. 2002-0775-CA17, Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, Indian River County. Expert testimony regarding land use, Comprehensive Plan, and land development regulations, 2003.
  • Abercrombie vs. Polk County, et. al. Case No. 53-2002-CA-001823, Tenth Judicial Circuit, Polk County. Expert testimony regarding land use, Comprehensive Plan, and land development regulations, 2003.
  • Consultant to Florida Department of Transportation on planning issues surrounding eminent domain, 2002-3.
  • Fly Fish, Inc. vs. City of Cocoa Beach. Case No. 99-1426-CIV-ORL-22A. Served as an expert to the City in an action filed against the City’s Adult Use Laws, 2000-1.
  • Lost Tree Village Corporation vs. Indian River Shores and the Department of Community Affairs. Case No. 90-5021GM; Florida Division of Administrative Hearings. Expert testimony on Comprehensive, 1990 & 1998.
  • Boss Capital, Inc. vs. City of Casselberry. Case No. 96-463-CV-ORL-22. Served as expert to Casselberry in an action filed against the City’s Adult Use Laws, 1997.
  • Todd Theatre, Inc. vs. BOCC, Hillsborough County, FL. Case No. 93-9837 Div. O, Circuit Court, 13th Judicial Circuit, Hillsborough Co. Testimony on land use and zoning, 1994.
  • Florida Association of Realtors, and R.J. Collins vs. Florida Department of Community Affairs. Case No. 92-6324 RGM; Florida Division of Administrative Hearings. Offered expert testimony on urban sprawl for League of Cities, 1993.
  • Hess Realty Corporation vs. City of Melbourne. Case No. 89-7049-CA-D, Circuit Court, 18th Judicial Circuit, Brevard County, Expert testimony on land use and zoning, 1989.
  • Avatar Properties, Inc., vs. City of Cape Coral. Case No. 89-2030-GM, Florida Division of Administrative Hearings, Expert testimony in negotiating a settlement with the Avatar Properties, an intervener challenging the City’s Comprehensive Plan, 1989.
  • Florida Department of Community Affairs vs. City of Cape Coral. Case No. 89-2030-GM, State of Florida Division of Administrative Hearings. Expert witness in negotiating Compliance Agreement with Florida Department of Community Affairs, 1989.
  • Petition to Establish St. Lucie West Community Development District. Florida Division of Administrative Hearings. Expert testimony on DRI, 1989.
  • 5811 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Ltd. vs. Town of Longboat Key. Case No. 87-453-CIV-T-15C, United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division. Expert testimony regarding land use and Comprehensive Plan policy, 1987.
  • City of Sebastian vs. FEC Railroad. Florida Division of Administrative Hearings. Expert testimony regarding demographic trends, land use, traffic circulation, and land use policy, 1983.
  • Village Green Federation Unit Inc. vs. Florida Atlantic Associates. Case No. 83-148CA17, 19th Judicial Circuit, Indian River County. Expert testimony regarding land use and land development regulation, 1983.
  • Palm Beach Investment Properties, Inc. et. al. vs. Martin County. Case No. 83-1356CA, Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, Martin County. Expert testimony regarding land use, Comprehensive Plan methodology/policy, 1982.
  • Eddy vs. Town of Indian River Shores. Case No. 81-48, Circuit Court, 19th Judicial Circuit, Indian River Co. Expert testimony regarding land use and land development regulations, 1982.