Small Businesses & City Planning

APA Missouri Chapter


Thursday, August 30, 2018
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. CDT

Kansas City, MO, United States

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The craft beer movement has been gaining steam across the globe and is reshaping neighborhoods throughout our cities. Between 2011 and 2016, according to the Brewers Association, the number of breweries in the United States went from 2,000 in 2011 to 5,200 in 2016. While Microbreweries are eager to occupy buildings throughout our cities, Planning & Zoning is trying to understand where they fit in.

BKS Artisan Ales is a Microbrewery that currently occupies a portion of a building along 63rd Street in Kansas City. For years, a commercial corridor was unoccupied but surrounded by established neighborhoods; however, recently there has been a surge in commercial development.


KC Bier Co is a German-style microbrewery that opened in 2014 in Waldo so that Kansas Citians could experience authentic flavor along with local freshness.


Participants in this event will understand:


·         The process involved in getting BKS Artisan Ales and KC Bier Co land use approval from the city;

·         Lessons learned dealing with city planning/regulations when opening a small business, especially a Microbrewery;

·         The planning and zoning adjustments that have been made for microbreweries similar to BKS Artisan Ales or KC Bier Co throughout Kansas City and how those practices can be put in place for other cities.


Brian & Mary Rooney

Brian & Mary Rooney own and operate BKS Artisan Ales , which opened in 2017 as the first craft brewery in Kansas City’s Brookside neighborhood. The location houses a production facility and tasting room that aims to provide quality and unique beers. Brian and Mary Rooney, are residents of the Brookside ... Read More

Steve Holle

Steve Holle is the great grandson of German immigrants, and he developed an interest in the German language and bier from his father, who grew up in a small German-speaking farming community in the Midwest. He pursued his interests by studying German and International Marketing at Northwest Missouri State University ... Read More

John Pajor

John Pajor is the Manager of Kansas City, Missouri Business Customer Service Center. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois and has worked in local government for over twenty-five years. From 2002 until 2009 he worked as a Development Specialist in the City Planning and Development ... Read More

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Micah Starr,