Rouse Frets White Goss attorneys Steven Lucas and Melissa Vancrum present at American Planning Association Conference

Leawood, Kan. – Monday, October 19, 2020 – Rouse Frets White Goss Gentile Rhodes attorneys Steven Lucas and Melissa Vancrum, who both hold Master of Urban Planning degrees, recently presented for the 2020 American Planning Association Missouri Conference held on October 7-8 in Springfield, Missouri, and online.

Their presentation, “Planning and Land Use Law Update,” highlighted the ongoing effects of the 2015 Supreme Court precedent of Reed v. Town of Gilbert on municipal regulations including signage and panhandling, and state and local regulation of the new Missouri medical marijuana market, and how municipalities are regulating short-term rentals. The presentation also reviewed federal and Missouri land use cases.

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.

About Steven M. Lucas:

Steven focuses his practice on land use and zoning 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 frequently provides educational training for public officials, commissions and municipal attorneys regarding planning and land-use law.

About Melissa L. Vancrum:

Melissa focuses her practice on land use and zoning for clients including individuals, businesses and political subdivisions. She counsels clients on a wide variety of planning, zoning, and regulatory issues, including entitlements, incentives, permit disputes, administrative hearings, regulatory oversight and compliance with local, state and federal renewable energy development regulations. Melissa routinely helps clients navigate government channels to reach resolution of the issues they face.

About the Law Firm:

Rouse Frets White Goss Gentile Rhodes, P.C. serves and protects individuals, companies, estates and livelihoods. Based in Kansas City, the firm offers sophisticated representation for local, regional and national clients in both the private and public sectors.

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