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Rouse Frets White Goss Gentile Rhodes, P.C.
5250 W. 116th Place, Suite 400
Leawood, Kansas 66211
Phone: (913) 396-0681
Fax: (913) 928-6739
Email: slucas@rousepc.com
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Bar Admissions:



  • University of Kansas, Master Urban Planning, 2011
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, J.D., 2009
    Emphasis: Urban, Land Use & Environmental Law
  • University of Kansas, B.S. Education, 2005


Steven focuses his practice on land use and entitlements for a variety of clients, including individuals, businesses, and political subdivisions. He provides counsel on matters such as permitting proceedings, economic incentives, real estate development, environmental issues, and compliance with local, state, and federal renewable energy development regulations. Steven holds a Master of Urban Planning Degree from the University of Kansas. He provides educational training for public officials, commissions, and municipal attorneys regarding planning and land-use law.

Prior to joining the firm, Steven served as a Planning Commissioner and as an elected Council Member for the City of Mission, Kansas. He practiced law for a boutique municipal law firm in St. Louis, where he served as special counsel to cities focusing on land use matters, including the drafting of specialized ordinances and comprehensive codes. Steven also served as the City Attorney for two cities in the St. Louis area where he advised elected officials and department directors regarding municipal matters, including those related to planning and land use, employment and personnel, constitutional issues, open records requirements, and administrative proceedings.

Areas of Practice

  • Land Use & Entitlements
  • Real Estate
  • Environmental Law
  • Energy Law

Activities and Memberships

  • Kansas Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association
  • American Planning Association, Kansas City Section
  • American Planning Association Missouri Legislative Committee

Selected Presentations

  • Fundamentals of Land Use, Municipal Officials Training Academy, 2018
  • Areas of Emphasis for Courts in Planning and Zoning, American Planning Association, Missouri State Conference, 2017
  • Planning and Zoning: Basics, Hot Topics and Practical Tips, Municipal Officials Training Academy, 2016
  • Regulating the Traditional Public Forum & Annual Update of Missouri Land Use Cases, Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association, 2016
  • “This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land,” Eminent Domain & The Condemnation Process, Municipal Officials Training Academy, 2016
  • Annual Update of Supreme Court and Missouri Land Use Cases, Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association, 2015

Public Service and Community Activities

  • Mission, Kansas, Planning Commission, 2013; City Council 2014; Chairman Community Development Committee 2014
  • Steering Committee for Regional Development – Northeast Johnson County, Member 2014
  • Leadership Northeast Johnson County, Graduate 2014