What's New

September 8, 2015

White & Smith selected to prepare Joint Land Use Study for Shaw Air Force Base, Poinsett ECR, and Sumter City-County

Along with partners Benchmark CMR and Marstel-Day, we have been selected to prepare a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for the community surrounding Shaw Air Force Base and Poinsett Electronic Combat Range in South Carolina.  We'll be working with the Sumter City-County Planning Commission and staff to complete this project over the course of the next year.  
This same team recently completed two other JLUS's in South Carolina; one at the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort and the other for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Port Royal.


May 5, 2015


Lafayette, Louisiana adopts Unified Development Code


The Lafayette Consolidated Government adopted a Unified Development Code (UDC) that establishes Parish-wide development regulations.  Mark White led the code update along with Wallace, Roberts & Todd, who led the comprehensive plan (PlanLafayette) adopted last summer. 

April 18, 2015
White & Smith active at American Planning Association National Conference

Mark White participated with a panel of national experts in Deep Dive: The Future of Zoning.    Mr. White was also a presenter at the How to Write a Zoning Ordinance workshop - our annual session on the nuts and bolts of code drafting.

December 6, 2013
White & Smith selected to prepare Joint Land Use Study for Camp Clark

White & Smith, along with partners Marstel-Day and Benchmark, has been selected to prepare a Joint Land Use Study for Camp Clark, on behalf of the Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission in Missouri. 


July 29, 2013

White & Smith selected to prepare Joint Land Use Study for Camp Crowder

White & Smith, along with partners Marstel-Day and Benchmark, has been selected to prepare a Joint Land Use Study for Camp Crowder.  The Study will evaluate the current land use conditions at Crowder and on lands in the surrounding study area.  We will make recommendations for mitigating or avoiding incompatible land uses that could impede Camp training or the quality of life of those near Crowder.

White & Smith's attorneys and planners also are working on Joint Land Use Studies for Fort Leonard Wood, also in Missouri, as well as Fort Lee in the Tri-Cities area of Virginia.  For a review of all our military planning work, click on the Special Topics tab above, or click here


March 12, 2013

CNN touts Frederick, Maryland as one of America's "Best Small Town Comebacks" 

CNN recently lauded Frederick as an historic town that has become a thriving destination.   The article cites Frederick's "nearly chain-proof commercial district" and the Carroll Creek district - all built under an overlay district written by White & Smith, LLC in 2004.  White & Smith prepared the City's Land Management Ordinance, which was adopted in 2005. 

February 12, 2013
Zoning Overlay for Dulles Corridor Praised


White & Smith is leading a team that is preparing a design-based overlay district for the corridor north of Dulles International Airport.  Our efforts were recently praised by stakeholders. This implements a plan adopted in 2011 by Loudoun County, Virginia. According to an article in Leesburg Today, Al Hansen - the chair of Loudoun County's Design Cabinet - stated that business leaders will be happy with the work of the consultant hired by the county.  Mr. Hansen added: "The consultant is bringing in ideas from around the country and around the world…I think by 2014 we can be very proud of what is going on in that corridor.” See "Supervisors Tout Economic Development Successes, Plans."  For a copy of the zoning overlay and background on the project, click here.


March 19, 2012
Joplin City Council Unanimously Adopts Design Guidelines and Zoning Updates

Joplin, Missouri is updating its Comprehensive Plan - a critical step in rebuilding this community of 50,000 in the wake of  last May's EF-5 tornado.  Working as a subconsultant to Scott A. Michie Planning Services, Mark White assisted in preparing zoning amendments to implement the first phase of the City's plan update. This includes design guidelines that accommodate market demands, promote quality development, and protect surrounding neighborhoods.  These standards were unanimously adopted by both the City's Planning Commission and, on March 19, the City Council.   This is an important step in the City's successful rebuilding efforts.   See the Joplin Globe's coverage of this event at http://www.joplinglobe.com/topstories/x1862283703/Joplin-City-Council-adopts-new-property-design-guidelines


August 15, 2011
White & Smith's Lake Maumelle Watershed Zoning Code Praised

White & Smith takes pride in its commitment to drafting codes that are easy to read and administer.   We recently drafted a Zoning Code for the Lake Maumelle Watershed in Pulaski County, Arkansas.  This implements a draft Land Use Plan prepared by the prime consultant on this project (Wallace, Roberts & Todd).  The Land Use Plan covers 33,500 acres, including the water supply for 400,000 customers in the Little Rock region.  

The Zoning Code was recently praised at a public meeting.   A representative of the League of Women Voters and Coalition of Greater Little Rock Neighborhoods stated that the Zoning Code was "remarkably readable for a government policy."   The draft Zoning Code is online at http://www.co.pulaski.ar.us/planning-lmw.shtml - click "Draft Land Use Regulations, June 24, 2011."

May 4, 2011
Lee's Summit Complete Streets Resolution Ranked #2 in the Nation

In a recent report, the National Complete Streets Coalition ranked Lee’s Summit’s Livable Streets Resolution, adopted on Nov 4, 2010, second in the nation compared to similar resolutions in other cities. (Ordinances were compared in a separate category.)   Mark White served on the leadership team for the Livable Streets Committee that developed the resolution.

Visit the National Complete Streets Coalition online for a copy of the report.

April 26, 2011
APA Zoning Practice Article

Ross Appel and Tyson Smith's article "Land Use Compatibility Near Military Bases: A Planner's Perspective" will appear in the May 2011 edition of Zoning Practice. This article both explores the complex and increasingly relevant issue of encroachment near military bases and examines the role of local government.

Visit Zoning Practice online for more details.


April 4, 2011
Environmental Law and Development Code Presentations at National Business Institute

Mark White led presentations on environmental law, sustainability, and development codes at the April 4 National Business Institute seminar on Land Use Law: Current Issues in Subdivision, Annexation and Zoning.   Click here to download a copy of his presentation on environmental law and sustainable codes, and click here for a copy of the presentation on development codes.

April 1, 2011
Infill Development Presentation in Austin, Texas

Mark White presented at the University of Texas School of Law Continuing Legal Education Land Use Planning Conference.  The topic was Infill Development and Preservation, highlighting our work on design-based codes, development codes in built-out communities, and public-private partnership strategies.   Contact us for a copy of the written materials, and click here to download a copy of the presentation.

March 28, 2011
APA PEL Update: National Defense Meets Local Zoning Law

The American Planning Association recently posted a blog entry regarding Ross Appel and Tyson Smith's forthcoming article in Planning & Environmental Law entitled "Compatible Land Use Near Military Installations: The Problem and the Local Government Response."

The blog post can be viewed here, and we invite your comments and questions on this increasingly relevant and complicated issue.


March 11, 2011
"Hot Topics in S.C. Environmental Law"

Tyson Smith will join the distinugished faculty of experienced environmental law practitioners and scholars for this South Carolina Bar sponsored CLE seminar. Mr. Smith will be presenting on recent developments in South Carolina planning and zoning law. Each registrant will receive a copy of the brand new and completely revised Environmental Law in South Carolina, Third Edition. 

The seminar will be held on Friday, March 11 at the Bar Conference Center, 1501 Park Street, Columbia, SC 29201.

To register, click here.

February 25, 2011
SCAPA/SCARC Winter Conference
Columbia, South Carolina
"Privatization of Infrastructure - This is Your Life"

Tyson Smith gave the keynote address during the conference's closing lunch, sharing his observations on the timeless American debate of "how much government is too much government?" and why this debate should be bringing us closer together instead of tearing us apart.

February 25, 2011
SCAPA/SCARC Winter Conference
Columbia, South Carolina
"The Role of Local Government in the Emerging Field of Renewable Energy."

Tyson Smith moderated this panel, which consisted of several experts in renewable energy, including: 

  • Joel Evans, Senior Planner (Charleston County)
  • Elizabeth Kress, Principle Engineer: Renewable Energy (Santee Cooper)
  • Andrew Streit, Consultant (Sunstore Solar)
  • Ross Appel, Associate Attorney (White & Smith)

For more information on either of these presentations, please contact Tyson Smith.

January 2011
Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation

Tyson Smith has completed his training as a Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediator at the Conflict Resolution Collaborative in Tampa.

In South Carolina, residential foreclosures were up 31.4% in 2010 over the prior year, putting our state at Number 16 nationwide and Number 3 in the Southeast. Homeowners, banks, and investors increasingly are turning to mediation to resolve these complex disputes; often in ways that are faster and more likely to result in mutually-agreeable resolutions than the court system can provide.

If you or your client is facing foreclosure, or is involved in a foreclosure dispute, we are happy to discuss how this technique may work for you. Tyson can be reached at our Charleston office at (843) 937-0201 or at tsmith@planningandlaw.com.

January 18, 2011
National Business Institute Seminar

White & Smith, LLC partner Tyson Smith and associate attorney Ross Appel were among the distinguished faculty for NBI's seminar "Practical Guide to Zoning and Land Use Law." This full day seminar was held on January 18, 2011 in Charleston, South Carolina and surveyed the field of planning and land use law in South Carolina. This course was accredited by the South Carolina Commission on CLE for 6.0 hours. To learn more and purchase the audio replay, please visit NBI's website here.

November 4, 2010
Lee's Summit, Missouri Adopts Livable Streets Resolution

The City of Lee's Summit, Missouri became the first jurisdiction in the Kansas City region to adopt a complete streets resolution. The resolution requires a summary of livable streets elements (such as street trees, connectivity, and end-of-trip facilities) for new capital improvements and discretionary development approvals. Mark White of White & Smith, LLC was on the leadership team for the City's Livable Streets Committee, and participated in drafting the resolution.  Click here for a copy of the resolution.

Lee's Summit is home of White & Smith's Kansas City office. In addition to the Livable Streets accomplishment, the City recently won a 2010 Great American Main Street award, a Creative Community award from the Missouri Arts Council, the Gold Medal Award from the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration/National Parks and Recreation Association, and recognition on Money magazine's Best Places to Live. White & Smith is a member of Downtown Lee's Summit Main Street, Inc., and its offices are located in an historic building overlooking Main Street. We are proud of our location in this historic and dynamic City!

July 27, 2010
American Planning Association Award

The City of Centennial, Colorado's Land Development Code was recently selected as a 2010 Colorado APA Merit Award recipient. White & Smith worked on the code as part of a team led by Kendig Keast Collaborative, along with the Community Planning and Urban Design section of HDR.

According to the Awards Committee, the project was chosen for a Merit Award because it completed an important "first step" to achieving new methods of planning in City of Centennial. Additionally, the Committee found the Public Buffer Builder and inclusion of sustainable technologies within the plan to be "quite innovative."



July 20, 2010
White & Smith heads Atlanta Regional Commission 
Plan 2040 Implementation Project

White & Smith is undertaking a legal and planning review of the regional land use and transportation plan for the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC).  This involves a review of legal authority in Georgia, and a peer review of implementation by peer agencies.  The project will culminate in a report with recommendations on implementation programs or actions that are legal and effective.   As the lead firm, we are partnering with Parsons Brinckerhoff (Placemaking) in this effort.


July 29, 2013
White & Smith selected to conduct Joint Land Use Study at Camp Crowder
White & Smith, along with partners Marstel-Day and Benchmark, has been selected to conduct the Joint Land Use Study at Camp Crowder in Southwest Missouri.   The study is being managed by the Harry S Truman Coordinating Council.  The Joint Land Use Study will evaluate current conditions and land use trends near Crowder and evaluate and recommend tailored approaches for the ongoing relationship between Camp Crowder and neighboring local governments.

White & Smith also is involved in Joint Land Use Studies at Fort Leonard Wood, also in Missouri, and Fort Lee in Virginia.  For an overview of all our military planning projects, click on the "Special Topics" tab above, or click here.  

March 12, 2013
CNN touts Frederick, Maryland as one of America's "Best Small Town Comebacks"


CNN recently lauded Frederick as an historic town that has become a thriving destination.   The article cites Frederick's "nearly chain-proof commercial district" and the Carroll Creek district - all built under an overlay district written by White & Smith, LLC in 2004.  White & Smith prepared the City's Land Management Ordinance, which was adopted in 2005. 

February 12, 2013
Zoning Overlay for Dulles Corridor Praised


White & Smith is leading a team that is preparing a design-based overlay district for the corridor north of Dulles International Airport.  Our efforts were recently praised by stakeholders. This implements a plan adopted in 2011 by Loudoun County, Virginia. According to an article in Leesburg Today, Al Hansen - the chair of Loudoun County's Design Cabinet - stated that business leaders will be happy with the work of the consultant hired by the county.  Mr. Hansen added: "The consultant is bringing in ideas from around the country and around the world…I think by 2014 we can be very proud of what is going on in that corridor.” See "Supervisors Tout Economic Development Successes, Plans."  For a copy of the zoning overlay and background on the project, click here.


July 29, 2013
White & Smith selected to prepare Joint Land Use Study for Camp Crowder


White & Smith, along with partners Marstel-Day and Benchmark, has been selected to prepare a Joint Land Use Study for Camp Crowder, on behalf of the Harry S Truman Coordinating Council in Southwest Missouri.  The Study will evaluate the current land use conditions at Crowder and on lands in the surrounding study area.  We will make recommendations for mitigating or avoiding incompatible land uses that could impede Camp training or the quality of life of those near Crowder.

White & Smith's attorneys and planners also are working on Joint Land Use Studies for Fort Leonard Wood, also in Missouri, as well as Fort Lee in the Tri-Cities area of Virginia.  For a review of all our military planning work, click on the Special Topics tab above, or click here.  


March 12, 2013
March 19, 2012
Joplin City Council Unanimously Adopts Design Guidelines and Zoning Updates

Joplin, Missouri is updating its Comprehensive Plan - a critical step in rebuilding this community of 50,000 in the wake of  last May's EF-5 tornado.  Working as a subconsultant to Scott A. Michie Planning Services, Mark White assisted in preparing zoning amendments to implement the first phase of the City's plan update. This includes design guidelines that accommodate market demands, promote quality development, and protect surrounding neighborhoods.  These standards were unanimously adopted by both the City's Planning Commission and, on March 19, the City Council.   This is an important step in the City's successful rebuilding efforts.   See the Joplin Globe's coverage of this event at http://www.joplinglobe.com/topstories/x1862283703/Joplin-City-Council-adopts-new-property-design-guidelines


August 15, 2011
White & Smith's Lake Maumelle Watershed Zoning Code Praised

White & Smith takes pride in its commitment to drafting codes that are easy to read and administer.   We recently drafted a Zoning Code for the Lake Maumelle Watershed in Pulaski County, Arkansas.  This implements a draft Land Use Plan prepared by the prime consultant on this project (Wallace, Roberts & Todd).  The Land Use Plan covers 33,500 acres, including the water supply for 400,000 customers in the Little Rock region.  

The Zoning Code was recently praised at a public meeting.   A representative of the League of Women Voters and Coalition of Greater Little Rock Neighborhoods stated that the Zoning Code was "remarkably readable for a government policy."   The draft Zoning Code is online at http://www.co.pulaski.ar.us/planning-lmw.shtml - click "Draft Land Use Regulations, June 24, 2011."

May 4, 2011
Lee's Summit Complete Streets Resolution Ranked #2 in the Nation

In a recent report, the National Complete Streets Coalition ranked Lee’s Summit’s Livable Streets Resolution, adopted on Nov 4, 2010, second in the nation compared to similar resolutions in other cities. (Ordinances were compared in a separate category.)   Mark White served on the leadership team for the Livable Streets Committee that developed the resolution.

Visit the National Complete Streets Coalition online for a copy of the report.

April 26, 2011
APA Zoning Practice Article

Ross Appel and Tyson Smith's article "Land Use Compatibility Near Military Bases: A Planner's Perspective" will appear in the May 2011 edition of Zoning Practice. This article both explores the complex and increasingly relevant issue of encroachment near military bases and examines the role of local government.

Visit Zoning Practice online for more details.


April 4, 2011
Environmental Law and Development Code Presentations at National Business Institute

Mark White led presentations on environmental law, sustainability, and development codes at the April 4 National Business Institute seminar on Land Use Law: Current Issues in Subdivision, Annexation and Zoning.   Click here to download a copy of his presentation on environmental law and sustainable codes, and click here for a copy of the presentation on development codes.

April 1, 2011
Infill Development Presentation in Austin, Texas

Mark White presented at the University of Texas School of Law Continuing Legal Education Land Use Planning Conference.  The topic was Infill Development and Preservation, highlighting our work on design-based codes, development codes in built-out communities, and public-private partnership strategies.   Contact us for a copy of the written materials, and click here to download a copy of the presentation.

March 28, 2011
APA PEL Update: National Defense Meets Local Zoning Law

The American Planning Association recently posted a blog entry regarding Ross Appel and Tyson Smith's forthcoming article in Planning & Environmental Law entitled "Compatible Land Use Near Military Installations: The Problem and the Local Government Response."

The blog post can be viewed here, and we invite your comments and questions on this increasingly relevant and complicated issue.


March 11, 2011
"Hot Topics in S.C. Environmental Law"

Tyson Smith will join the distinugished faculty of experienced environmental law practitioners and scholars for this South Carolina Bar sponsored CLE seminar. Mr. Smith will be presenting on recent developments in South Carolina planning and zoning law. Each registrant will receive a copy of the brand new and completely revised Environmental Law in South Carolina, Third Edition. 

The seminar will be held on Friday, March 11 at the Bar Conference Center, 1501 Park Street, Columbia, SC 29201.

To register, click here.

February 25, 2011
SCAPA/SCARC Winter Conference
Columbia, South Carolina
"Privatization of Infrastructure - This is Your Life"

Tyson Smith gave the keynote address during the conference's closing lunch, sharing his observations on the timeless American debate of "how much government is too much government?" and why this debate should be bringing us closer together instead of tearing us apart.

February 25, 2011
SCAPA/SCARC Winter Conference
Columbia, South Carolina
"The Role of Local Government in the Emerging Field of Renewable Energy."

Tyson Smith moderated this panel, which consisted of several experts in renewable energy, including: 

  • Joel Evans, Senior Planner (Charleston County)
  • Elizabeth Kress, Principle Engineer: Renewable Energy (Santee Cooper)
  • Andrew Streit, Consultant (Sunstore Solar)
  • Ross Appel, Associate Attorney (White & Smith)

For more information on either of these presentations, please contact Tyson Smith.

January 2011
Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation

Tyson Smith has completed his training as a Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediator at the Conflict Resolution Collaborative in Tampa.

In South Carolina, residential foreclosures were up 31.4% in 2010 over the prior year, putting our state at Number 16 nationwide and Number 3 in the Southeast. Homeowners, banks, and investors increasingly are turning to mediation to resolve these complex disputes; often in ways that are faster and more likely to result in mutually-agreeable resolutions than the court system can provide.

If you or your client is facing foreclosure, or is involved in a foreclosure dispute, we are happy to discuss how this technique may work for you. Tyson can be reached at our Charleston office at (843) 937-0201 or at tsmith@planningandlaw.com.

January 18, 2011
National Business Institute Seminar

White & Smith, LLC partner Tyson Smith and associate attorney Ross Appel were among the distinguished faculty for NBI's seminar "Practical Guide to Zoning and Land Use Law." This full day seminar was held on January 18, 2011 in Charleston, South Carolina and surveyed the field of planning and land use law in South Carolina. This course was accredited by the South Carolina Commission on CLE for 6.0 hours. To learn more and purchase the audio replay, please visit NBI's website here.

November 4, 2010
Lee's Summit, Missouri Adopts Livable Streets Resolution

The City of Lee's Summit, Missouri became the first jurisdiction in the Kansas City region to adopt a complete streets resolution. The resolution requires a summary of livable streets elements (such as street trees, connectivity, and end-of-trip facilities) for new capital improvements and discretionary development approvals. Mark White of White & Smith, LLC was on the leadership team for the City's Livable Streets Committee, and participated in drafting the resolution.  Click here for a copy of the resolution.

Lee's Summit is home of White & Smith's Kansas City office. In addition to the Livable Streets accomplishment, the City recently won a 2010 Great American Main Street award, a Creative Community award from the Missouri Arts Council, the Gold Medal Award from the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration/National Parks and Recreation Association, and recognition on Money magazine's Best Places to Live. White & Smith is a member of Downtown Lee's Summit Main Street, Inc., and its offices are located in an historic building overlooking Main Street. We are proud of our location in this historic and dynamic City!

July 27, 2010
American Planning Association Award

The City of Centennial, Colorado's Land Development Code was recently selected as a 2010 Colorado APA Merit Award recipient. White & Smith worked on the code as part of a team led by Kendig Keast Collaborative, along with the Community Planning and Urban Design section of HDR.

According to the Awards Committee, the project was chosen for a Merit Award because it completed an important "first step" to achieving new methods of planning in City of Centennial. Additionally, the Committee found the Public Buffer Builder and inclusion of sustainable technologies within the plan to be "quite innovative."