August 21 - Land Use
Real Estate Manuals
This presentation will discuss the benefits of adopting a uniform manual to guide municipal officials and staff in processing and approving land transactions. Discussion topics include types of public property; applicable law; acquisitions, disposition, leases, licenses, and permits; funding sources; relocation issues; approval authority; public process options; and drafting considerations.
Speaker: Wynetta Massey
Wynetta Massey is a native of Independence Missouri and holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia in speech communication (with honors) and political science. She received her juris doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law and discovered an affinity for municipal law during her second and third years as a law clerk for the City of Kansas City, Kansas. After beginning her practice with a small municipal firm in Denver, she accepted a Prosecutor position with the Colorado Springs City Attorney’s Office in 1990.
Wynetta currently serves as City Attorney and leads an office of 27 attorneys and 14 support staff. Colorado Springs, a home rule city with a population of 450,000+, owns and operates a four service utility (gas, water, electric generation/distribution, and wastewater); a trans-mountain water diversion system; a hospital system that is leased and operated by the University of Colorado Health; a joint civilian and military airport; over 9,000 acres of parkland and 265 miles of trails; two cemeteries; two golf courses; and operates the Pikes Peak Highway under a special permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service.
Wynetta has spoken at professional conferences and CLEs on a wide range of topics including ethics and conflicts, takings, local land use authority, medical marijuana regulation, and the council-mayor form of government.