Regional Advisory Board
Brian Connolly’s practice focuses on the regulatory aspects of the real estate development process, and includes the representation of both public- and private-sector clients in matters relating to land use, zoning, planning, and development entitlements. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Connolly was an urban planner in the planning department of a highly-populated suburban county in New York State. He reviewed numerous large-scale development proposals for consistency with municipal codes and countywide planning policies and managed the county’s economic and population research functions. He has also worked in planning capacities at the federal and municipal government levels. Mr. Connolly is the co-author of two books: Group Homes: Strategies for Effective and Defensible Planning and Regulation (ABA Publishing 2014); and The Michigan Sign Guidebook: The Local Planning and Regulation of Signs (Scenic Michigan 2011). Mr. Connolly is a regular speaker at conferences on these topics, including at national and state conferences of the American Planning Association, American Bar Association, and Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute.
Mary Jo Dougherty
Mary Jo Dougherty joined McGeady Sisneros in 1999 and became a shareholder in 2001. Coming to the firm with over ten years of experience in real estate law and municipal finance, Mary Jo’s experience allowed the firm to continue to expand its special district law practice.
Mary Jo appreciates the opportunity to serve a variety of development projects, including the challenge of complicated financial transactions and utilization of Urban Renewal Authorities and Public Improvement Companies to finance public infrastructure. She has also been involved with the organization of general improvement districts, special improvement districts and local improvement districts. She enjoys the firm’s team approach and its commitment to responsive client service and creative problem solving. Mary Jo has received an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale Hubbell.
Donald L. Elliott
Donald L. Elliott is Vice President of Clarion Associates of Colorado, LLC, a land use consulting firm with offices in Denver, Chapel Hill, Chicago, Cincinnati, and Philadelphia. His practice focuses on land planning and zoning, and international land and urban development issues. Prior to joining Clarion, Mr. Elliott was Project Director for the Denver Planning and Community Development Office and was responsible for the Gateway Project and the Downtown Zoning Projects. He has also advised numerous local governments in Russia on land use issue and has served as the Democracy and Governance Advisor to the United States Agency for International Development in Uganda for two years. He began his career with the Denver law firm of Davis, Graham & Stubbs, where he practiced real estate law for four years.
Mr. Elliott has a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy Analysis from Yale University, a law degree from Harvard Law School, and a Masters degree in City and Regional Planning from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He is a past national Chairman of the Planning and Law Division of the American Planning Association, a past president of the Colorado Chapter of the American Planning Association, a past member of the Amicus Curiae Committee and the National Policy Committee of the American Planning Association, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and a member of the American, Colorado, and Denver Bar Associations.
Mr. Forman is a Shareholde in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s Denver office. Working with the firm’s Water & Public Lands, Real Estate, Natural Resources and Litigation Groups, he represents clients in all aspects of Colorado water law, land use litigation, condemnation and environmental law and litigation.
Mr. Forman represents private and public clients throughout Colorado water rights matters and has been a counsel of record in a number of reported appellate decisions. He has extensive experience in water quality and wetlands matters, and in NEPA litigation and compliance. Mr. Forman’s clients include a national homebuilder, a natural gas exploration and development company, real estate developers, special districts, a national retailer and ranchers.
He has represented clients in matters involving federal storm water issues, basin-wide conflicts involving ground and surface water users, state court litigation regarding preemption of county oil and gas regulations and defense of state-issued permits, federal court challenges under NEPA and MLA to the issuance of permits to drill, eminent domain proceedings, staged sale/donation of conservation easements to national trust, a wide array of water rights transactions, zoning and development issues, NEPA compliance issues, rulemaking proceedings before the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission, Endangered Species Act compliance issues, defense of mining operations against claims of phosphorus loading, and obtaining issuance of 404 permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a variety of projects, including ski resort, hotel and subdivision development. Mr. Forman has also represented private landowners in a variety of land use and condemnation matters throughout Colorado.
Elizabeth Garvin, Esq., AICP, brings more than 15 years of public and private sector experience in land development regulations, urban planning and economic development, including; developmental approvals and incentives, comprehensive planning, project management and land use consulting.
Ms. Garvin has prepared code update/revision projects for cities and counties across the country; drafted topic-specific code provisions covering topics such as TOD, sustainability, and signs; created plans for redevelopment projects; prepared regional design standards; organized and undertaken public participation processes; and assisted private clients in obtaining development approvals. Her recent code projects include Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Arlington, Texas; and St. Louis County, Missouri. Ms. Garvin is a frequent speaker at regional and national planning conferences, including a presentation for the Western Planner conference in 2012 and AICP workshop presentations on the mechanics of code writing at the national American Planning Association conference for the past ten years.
Ms. Garvin will focus on planning law, including plan implementation, regulatory drafting, sustainable development, and development finance. Prior to rejoining Spencer Fane, Elizabeth was a senior associate with Clarion Associates working in the regulatory group.
Lawrence R. Kueter
Lawrence R. Kueter, Esq. is a shareholder in the Denver law firm of Isaacson, Rosenbaum P.C. and practices in the areas of land use and land conservation law. He received this Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin, his Master of Arts in urban economics from Wayne State University, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver. His twenty-five years of public and private land use experience includes zoning matters, subdivisions, annexations, public financing, and public improvement projects. In his land conservation law practice, he represents numerous land trusts, local and national conservation organizations, and governmental organizations in land conservation matters, including the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts, and Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust. Mr. Kueter has also represented numerous landowners regarding conservation easements, purchases, annexations, bargain sales, and limited developments.
Professor Jan G. Laitos
Matthew McKinney is the Director of the Public Policy Research Institute at The University of Montana. The Institute was created by the Board of Regents in 1987 and fosters collaborative governance to sustain communities and landscapes. Prior to his current position, Matthew served as the founding director of the Montana Consensus Council for 10 years. During the past 20 years, he has designed, facilitated, and mediated nearly 50 public dialogues, including citizen participation and multi-party negotiations on issues related to federal land management, water policy, fish and wildlife, land use planning and growth management, public health and human services, tax policy, and campaign finance reform.
Mr. McKinney received a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Policy and Conflict Resolution from The University of Michigan. He has published numerous articles in journals and books, and is co-author of The Western Confluence: A Guide to Governing Natural Resources (Island Press, 2004). Matthew teaches workshops, seminars, and courses on natural resource policy and public dispute resolution. He is an Adjunct Professor at The University of Montana’s School of Law; a faculty associate at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy; and a partner with the Consensus Building Institute. Matthew was a research fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in 2000 and 2002. Mr. McKinney lives with his wife and three daughters in Helena, Montana.
Anita P. Miller
Anita P. Miller, Esq., a practicing land use attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico, represents New Mexico municipalities and counties, as well as private clients, on land use, growth management and environmental matters. She is an adjunct professor of Land Use Law at the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning and School of Law.
Stephen R. Miller joined the faculty of the University of Idaho College of Law in 2011. Prof. Miller’s academic works have been published by or are forthcoming from Cambridge University Press, the Harvard Environmental Law Review, the Harvard Journal on Legislation, and a number of other law reviews and professional journals. His article, “Legal Neighborhoods,” was selected to be reprinted in the Land Use and Environmental Law Review, an annual, peer-selected compendium of the ten best land use and environmental law articles of the year. He has been named Faculty Advisor of the Year by the Idaho Law Review and also received the Alumni Award for Faculty Excellence. Prof. Miller can also be found at Land Use Prof Blog and @LandUseProf.
Prof. is the director of the College of Law’s Economic Development Clinic. In 2015, the Clinic released Funding Conservation in Idaho: A Survey of Federal, State & Local Resources Assisting Conservation on Private Lands, which was a first-of-its-kind collaboration with the Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts. The Clinic helped bring New Markets Tax Credits to Idaho, which has funded over $60 million in investment in low income communities throughout the state. At present, the Clinic is working with Prof. Miller in his role as principal investigator on a 3-year, $300,000 grant from the U.S. Forest Service and the Idaho Department of Lands to develop legal and code-based strategies to reduce the impact of wildfire on the built environment.
Prof. Miller received his undergraduate degree from Brown University, a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. Prof. Miller is a commissioner on the Boise City Planning and Zoning Commission and serves on the advisory boards of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute and the Land Use Law Center at Pace Law School.
Jason Morris is a founding partner of Withey Morris, PLC. Experienced and effective, his dynamic presentations at public hearings on behalf of his clients prove that an attorney can be both personable and tenacious. While attending the University Of Arizona College Of Law, Jason was the Managing Editor of the Arizona Law Journal of International & Comparative Law. Jason also spent time as a congressional staff member in Washington, D.C.
Throughout his career, his practice has been exclusively in land use, planning, zoning, and administrative law. His experience in the field includes all levels of entitlement throughout the state. In addition, he is a frequent guest lecturer and expert participating in industry roundtables, media appearances and academic panels. His expertise has been critical to state legislative efforts surrounding land use over the past two decades and his cases include many of the area’s most significant and notable developments. His client list includes several national homebuilders, master plan developers, commercial-industrial land owners, national retailers, and Fortune 100 companies. Jason spends significant time giving back to the community by way of his involvement as State President of the Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs as well as serving as the Mayor’s representative to the City of Phoenix Infill Advisory Board, and the Chairman’s appointment to the Maricopa County Board of Adjustment.
Mary Kay Peck
Mary Kay Peck, AICP is Community Development Director of Henderson, Nevada, one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. Previously, Ms. Peck was the Planning Director for Gallatin County, Montana, and for the Dundee (IL) Area Inter-municipal Planning Committee. She is President of the American Planning Board of Directors. She has previously served on the Board of Directors of the American Planning Association and is past chair of the Chapter Presidents Council of the American Planning Association. Ms. Peck received a Master’s in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor’s in Urban Affairs from the University of Evansville.
Peter Pollock, FAICP, is the Ronald Smith Fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Mr. Pollock works for the Planning and Urban Form Department of Lincoln Institute, managing joint venture projects with the Sonoran Institute and the Public Policy Research Institute of the University of Montana. In addition, he works in the area of land use policy in the American west. Mr. Pollock was director of the City of Boulder, Colorado, Planning Department from 1999 to 2006. He worked for almost twenty five years for the City of Boulder as both a current and long-range planner. He was most directly involved in growth management issues, including urban growth boundaries, development impact fees, Boulder’s residential and nonresidential allocation systems, and a comprehensive rezoning of the City. During the 1997/98 academic year, Mr. Pollock was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a visiting fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Mr. Pollock was manager of Boulder’s 1993 Integrated Planning Project, a community visioning exercise, which received a National Planning Award from the American Planning Association and an Award for Smart Growth and Development from Governor Romer of Colorado. Mr. Pollock began his career as the staff urban planner for the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colorado where he specialized in solar access protection, energy-conserving land use planning, and outreach to local communities. He received his Masters in Landscape Architecture at UC Berkeley in 1978 and a Bachelors in Environmental Planning at UC Santa Cruz in 1976.
Luther Propst founded the Sonoran Institute in 1991 and served as executive director until December 2012. Under Luther’s leadership, the Institute grew into what High Country News recently called “a regional conservation powerhouse with 50 employees and a $6 million budget.” With seven offices in the Intermountain West and Northwest Mexico, the Institute works with partners to conserve the West’s public lands, promote sustainable and efficient land use and community development policies, better manage water and rivers, and reform energy policies – the core issues that define how the West is growing and changing. The Institute is recognized as a leading practitioner in the North American West of community-based, collaborative, and innovative efforts to advance conservation and to ground conservation in an understanding of economic values and implications.
Previously, Luther worked for World Wildlife Fund in Washington DC, and practiced law, where he represented local governments, landowners, and organizations nationwide in land-use matters. Luther received his law degree and master’s in regional planning, as well as his undergraduate degree, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Luther has co-authored three books, including Balancing Nature and Commerce in Gateway Communities, published by Island Press. In addition, Luther serves on the boards of the George B. Storer Foundation, the International Mountain Bicycling Association, the Southwest Council of the National Parks Conservation Association, and chairs the Outdoor Alliance.
Luther lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He enjoys exploring the mountains, deserts, canyons, and rivers of the West and beyond.
Sarah M. Rockwell
Sarah M. Rockwell’s practice emphasizes land use, and environmental law and public sector negotiations. Having practiced in Colorado and California, Ms. Rockwell has represented both public and private sector clients in land use, environmental and municipal law issues associated with complex, large-scale development projects, including airports and residential, industrial and commercial development projects.
Ms. Rockwell has advised the redeveloper of the former Stapleton International Airport in Denver on land use and environmental issues associated with one of the largest urban redevelopment projects in the country. She has served as part of a project team that is preparing a master plan and zoning for Denver’s Union Station. She has advised several airport clients on land use compatibility issues associated with land adjacent to the airports. She also has advised both public and private entities on the preparation of habitat conservation plans under the federal Endangered Species Act and other endangered species issues.
Jennifer Schaufele, a former Florida transportation executive, is the Executive Director of the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), the first woman to be selected for that position with the 52-year-old regional planning agency. In this capacity, she reports to a member board made up of representatives of 46 city and 9 county members, one of the three oldest councils of governments in the United States. An accomplished governmental director with more than fourteen years of service with the Broward County, Florida Board of County Commissioners, Ms. Schaufele also served as the Director of the Broward County Metropolitan Planning Organization. She has a proven record of leadership and management of large and multifaceted public sector agencies, experience in advocating for legislation and new funding from Congress and the state legislature, and a commendable history of serving the needs and policy direction of elected boards. Ms. Schaufele directs the work of a 98-member staff engaged in long-range planning for transportation and land use, water quality, advocacy for the region’s elderly population, and offering services ranging from commuter assistance to the recruitment of police officers and fire service personnel. A graduate of Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida, Ms. Schaufele holds a B.S. in professional management and business administration. Ms. Schaufele is married and has an adult son whose family also live in the Denver region. An avid gardener, she and her husband enjoy traveling, outdoor activities, and entertaining friends and family.
Chris Shears is a strong planner and designer with over 30 years of experience involving projects nationally and internationally. His interest and expertise focuses on the planning and design of complex downtown urban infill and mixed use projects. His approach recognizes proven planning and urban design principles.