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Rouse Frets White Goss Attorneys Present at American Planning Association Conference

By October 21, 2019Awards and Accomplishments

Leawood, Kan. – October 21, 2019:  On Friday, October 11, 2019, Rouse Frets White Goss attorneys Steven Lucas and Melissa Vancrum presented at the American Planning Association Quad-State Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which was attended by more than 400 professional planners, planning officials, lawyers, architects and developers from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.

Steven and Melissa’s presentation, “Land Use & Zoning Law Update: Pot, Drones, Renewable Energy, and Other Hot Topics,” highlighted various medical marijuana regulations, renewable energy land use considerations, preemption issues with local drone regulations, best practices for short-term rental regulations and Knick v. Twp. of Scott, Pennsylvania, 139 S. Ct. 2162 (2019) – a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.

The American Planning Association is an organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment and providing members with the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change.

Steven and Melissa both hold Master of Urban Planning degrees alongside legal degrees.  They  practice with the law firm’s Economic Development Incentives and Land Use groups.  These groups have extensive portfolios of work including the new $1.8 billion Kansas City International Airport, the $1.6 billion NASCAR track in Kansas City, Kansas, the $1 billion renovation at the Kansas City Sports Complex, thousands of apartments and multi-family units, millions of square feet of office, retail and commercial development, and dozens of solar and wind projects.

About Steven M. Lucas

Steven focuses his practice on land use and zoning for a variety of clients, including individuals, businesses and political subdivisions. His practice includes representing renewable energy clients with the development of wind and solar energy projects. He  also provides counsel on matters such as real estate development, economic incentives, municipal government counsel, as well as administrative and regulatory proceedings.

About Melissa L. Vancrum

Melissa focuses her practice on land use, entitlements and zoning for clients including individuals, businesses, renewable energy developers and political subdivisions. She counsels clients on a wide variety of planning, zoning and regulatory issues including entitlements, economic incentives, permitting, real estate development, environmental issues, administrative hearings and regulatory compliance.

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