Land Use Training and Education Program

Managing Risk: Making Sound Planning and Zoning Decisions

Special Pre-Conference Session to the 2017 State APA Minnesota Planners Conference*!

When and Where:

  • Wednesday, September 27 - Mankato, Verizon Wireless Convention Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (check-in/registration begins at 7:30 am)

Fee: $80

Through a review of the fundamental principles and key legal issues that guide land use decisions, as well as the review and interactive discussion of hypothetical case studies, participants in this session will learn how to make sound and legally supportable land use decisions.


*Registration for this pre-conference session is separate from the state conference. For more information about the conference, visit


Soren M. Mattick is a shareholder at Campbell Knutson, Professional Association. Soren joined the firm in 2001 after spending five years with the Rice County Attorney's office. Soren provides general municipal services for all of the firm's clients and is the lead attorney for the cities of Big Lake, Lindström, North St. Paul, Orono, St. Louis Park, Zimmerman, and Stillwater Township. In addition, Soren handles all aspects of civil litigation on behalf of the firm's clients as well as code enforcement. He is a regular land use instructor for GTS Educational Events.

James J. Mongé III is an associate at Campbell Knutson, Professional Association. He has been with the firm since 2015. Prior to joining the firm, James worked at the League of Minnesota Cities for 14 years. At the League, James served as Senior Land Use Litigator, Property/Casualty Litigator, and Research Attorney. From 1998-2000, James served as judicial law clerk for the Honorable Paul T. Benshoof in the Ninth Judicial District. James has an extensive background in municipal law including land use, open meeting law, data practices, and ordinance drafting. James also has significant experience litigating on behalf of cities.

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