Adjunct Professor in the College of Architecture and Planning Gilbert F. McNeish, JD, of Spencer Fane & Grimshaw, LLP, since 1972, is the recipient of The President’s Award for meritorious contributions to planning, planning law, effective planning in Colorado, and the American Planning Association Colorado Chapter.

President of APA Colorado Susan A. Wood (MURP 1998) announced the award at the organization’s recent annual conference.

McNeish has focused his 35+ year law career in the field of land use and planning. He has trained candidates for the Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree at the University of Colorado Denver in the subject of Planning Law. From 2006 to 2011, McNeish served as a resource for APA Colorado Legislative Committee offering his knowledge of planning law, Colorado State Statutes, and the history of many Colorado planning laws on the books today.

In honoring McNeish, the award recognizes his efforts of offering his services and the pro bono legal services to prepare amicus briefs for both the Colorado Supreme Court and the U. S. Supreme Court on behalf of APA Colorado. Countless hours went into the research and preparation of these briefs, all of which were given in service to the ideals of planning and in the interest of good planning in Colorado.

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