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Wednesday, July 31, 2024 | 2:00 – 5:00 pm CDT


Presented by: Ron Shaver & Russell W. Olsen

Overview of Planning and Zoning Challenges     
Presented by: Ron Shaver

  • Purpose
    • Police power and discretion
    • Regulatory takings
    • Home rule in Kansas
    • Subdivision regulations
    • Comprehensive plan

Nuts and Bolts

  • Roles of staff, planning commission, governing body
    • Rezoning process
      • Required submittals
      • Public hearings – notice, meeting conduct (limited public forum)
      • Variances
      • Board of zoning appeals
    • Golden factors
      • Breakdown of Golden v. City of Overland Park
      • Subsequent interpretive cases
      • Factors added by various cities
    • Documenting the decision
      • Required votes
      • Protest petitions
      • Process to remand
      • Findings of fact pending denial
    • Contingencies
    • Scenarios/examples
    • Stipulations – rezoning vs. plan

Litigation Examples

  • Legato v. City of Olathe – staff determinations/discretion
  • Austin Properties v. City of Shawnee – governing body discretion/adherence to Golden
  • Kriesel v. City of Olathe – special use permit conditions

Plats Approval Process

Overlay Districts

Transfer of Development Rights

Training – PC Chair, PC, Governing Body, Staff

Locating Land Boundaries on Paper (and on the Ground)
Presented by: Russell W. Olsen

  • Interpreting land descriptions
    • Metes and bounds
    • Lot and block
    • Dos and don’ts for writing descriptions
  • Applying principles of boundary location
    • Collecting and evaluating all types of boundary evidence: documents, physical evidence, people, surveys
    • Locating the described land on a map
    • Locating the described land on the ground
    • Understanding and using geographic information systems (GIS) 
  • Solving land description and boundary location problems


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3.0 PDHs

Land Surveyors
3.0 PDHs

3.5 CLE Hours

APA/AICP - American Planning Association/American Institute of Certified Planners
3.0 CM


Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 3.0 PDHs for professional engineers and land surveyors in Kansas. The Kansas Board of Technical Professions does not pre-approve courses or activities for engineer or land surveyor continuing education.

This webinar has been approved by the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Board for 3.5 CLE hours.

HalfMoon Education is an approved CM Provider with the American Planning Association. This course is registered for CM | 3 for Certified Planners.

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On-Demand Credits

The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format is not pre-approved by any licensing boards and may not qualify for the same credits; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate.


Russell W. Olsen, PLS, PS, RPLS

Gasperec Elberts Consulting LLC, Engineering Design Source, Inc.

Mr. Olsen is a Senior Professional Land Surveyor with Engineering Design Source, Inc., a Civil Engineering and Surveying Firm based in Chesterfield, Missouri. He has more than 30 years’ experience as a professional land surveyor, beginning in the Chicago metropolitan area. Mr. Olsen is currently licensed as a land surveyor in Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Texas. He has been fortunate to have worked on numerous Highway Department/Department of Transportation horizontal and vertical control surveys, land acquisition and topographic surveys, County Transportation Department Plats of Highway, and Municipal Highway Department surveys. Mr. Olsen has also worked on many commercial and residential developments throughout northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana. He is currently enrolled in the University of Maine Graduate School in the Eng. D. (Doctor of Engineering) Engineering Technology/Surveying Engineering Program. Mr. Olsen has an MS in Engineering Technology/Surveying Engineering from the University of Maine and a BA in Mathematical Sciences. He has presented seminars and webinars previously with HalfMoon Education on topics including Law and Ethics of Illinois Land Surveying; Locating Land Boundaries on Paper (and on the Ground); Complying with Minimum Standards of Practice; Handling Ethical Issues in Land Surveying Practice; Complying with the Illinois Plat Act; Complying with National Society of Professional Surveyors Creed and Canons.

Ron Shaver

City Attorney of Olathe, Kansas

Mr. Shaver is the city attorney for the City of Olathe and has served in this role since 2015. His main areas of expertise include land use/zoning, economic development, contract negotiations, real property acquisition and disposition, dispute resolution, and policy development. Mr. Shaver has presented on these areas before the City Attorney’s Association of Kansas and with various other professional groups. He earned his undergraduate and M.P.A. degrees from the University of Kansas and his J.D. degree from the University of Kansas School of Law. Mr. Shaver is a member of the International Municipal Lawyers Association as well as the Kansas and Johnson County bar associations. He is incoming President of the City Attorney’s Association of Kansas.

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