James E. White

Partner

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James works with the Firm's Municipal Planning and Land Use Group focusing in the areas of land use and zoning, comprehensive planning, general municipal, administrative and constitutional law. In addition to his law degree, James has a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans.  He is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in City, County and Local Government Law.

He has extensive experience in negotiating and drafting development agreements, affordable and workforce housing agreements; concurrency-related proportionate share agreements; public-private partnerships agreements; and the drafting of various municipal ordinances related to land development regulations and First Amendment issues; military compatibility; the Florida Right to Farm Act; Areas of Critical State Concern; urban infill and adaptive reuse projects; and historic preservation matters.

James also has extensive experience in representing firm clients in quasi-judicial proceedings, administrative proceedings, land use litigation, as well as claims under the Bert J. Harris, Jr., Private Property Rights Protection Act.

Additionally, his experience includes advising clients on local government public records and meetings laws. James serves as legal counsel to various local government committees, boards and legislative bodies. He also appears before the Florida Governor and Cabinet, Cabinet Aides, Division of Administrative Hearings, State agencies and local government bodies on a broad range of land use issues.

Prior to practicing law, James served as both a private land use consultant and municipal planning director. He is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and lectures throughout the State on various planning, zoning, and land use matters.

Professional Associations

  • State and Local Government Section of the American Bar Association
  • City, County and Local Government Law Section of The Florida Bar
  • Environmental and Land Use Law Section of The Florida Bar
  • American Institute of Certified Planners
  • American Planning Association
  • Legislative Policy Committee Member for Broward County Section, Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association

Memberships

  • Member, National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Executive Board Member, Broward Trust for Historic Preservation

Presentations

  • "2012 Legislative Session Update," legislative workshop presented for the Broward Section of the Florida American Planning Association (BAPA)
  • "Bridging the Attorney-Planner Gap," 2012 American Planning Association (APA) Conference
  • "Planning in the Courts," Florida American Planning Association's (FAPA) 2012 Public Policy Workshop
  • Land Use Law Update: What's New in Land Use and Local Regulatory Strategies, presented at the 2011 Florida American Planning Association (APA) Conference
  • The Future of DCA and Pending Growth Management Changes for 2011, legislative workshop presented for the Broward Section of the Florida American Planning Association (APA)
  • 2010 Fall Semester and 2011 Spring Semester, Florida Atlantic University (FAU) guest lecturer on Florida Growth Management Law for students in urban planning program
  • "Florida Right To Farm Act: Sword or Shield," 2009 Florida American Planning Association (APA) Conference
  • "Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities: An Affordable Housing Ordinance From Start to Finish," 2008 Florida American Planning Association (APA) Conference
  • The Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative-Constitutional Amendment 2, presented at the 2015 Florida APA Public Policy Workshop
  • Planning for Medical Marijuana: Is Florida Ready, presented at the 2014 Florida Planning & Zoning Association (FPZA) Conference
  • Cannabusiness: Planning For Medical Marijuana In Florida, presented at the 2014 Florida American Planning Association (FAPA) Conference
  • Land Use Entitlement And Legal Issues, presented at the 2014 University of South Florida Certificate Program In Community Real Estate Development
  • Reforming Florida’s Code Of Ethics For Public Officers And Employees: What Was (And Was Not) Achieved", presented at the 2013 South Florida Seventh Annual Ethics Seminar
  • Florida 2013 Legislative Session Summary, presented at the 2013 Legislative Workshop for the Broward Section of the Florida American Planning Association (BAPA)

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Certifications and Specialities

  • The Florida Bar Board Certified, City, County and Local Government Law