Ronald M. Lucas and Charles M. Suhr Present on Land Use Laws at American Planning Association Workshop

HARRISBURG, PA, April 12, 2011 – Stevens & Lee Shareholders Ronald M. Lucas and Charles M. Suhr outlined significant appellate land use decisions during The Central Section of the American Planning Association’s Pennsylvania Chapter continuing education workshop at Harrisburg Area Community College on April 7, 2011.

Before a crowd of professional planners, elected officials, planning commission members, municipal managers and zoning officers, Messrs Lucas and Suhr discussed major appellate land use decisions from the last two years. These decisions have affected procedures, validity challenges, variances, conditional uses, special exceptions, condominiums, private roads, nonconformities and accessory uses, among others.

In addition, they spoke on recent court interpretations of Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law and Sunshine Act.

Mr. Lucas is the Chair of Stevens & Lee’s Real Estate Department and concentrates his practice on real estate matters involving zoning, planning and land development across most of Pennsylvania. He has handled a wide range of real estate issues from planning to entitlements and acquisitions for commercial, industrial and residential projects and has represented clients in more than 29 Pennsylvania counties, before state regulatory agencies and before all appellate courts.

Mr. Lucas has written and lectured on land use issues for over 30 years to various organizations, including the Pennsylvania Planning Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. He received a J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law and a B.A. from Grove City College.

Mr. Suhr concentrates his practice in real estate with an emphasis on land development. He represents landowners and developers in obtaining municipal approvals for residential, commercial and industrial developments and appears before local planning commissions, governing bodies and zoning hearing boards throughout south central Pennsylvania.

Mr. Suhr received a J.D., cum laude, from Temple University School of Law, an M.S. in Mining Engineering from The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University.