Planning Directors’ Perspective on the Region
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Progressive city planning directors in Phoenix and the surrounding region share the results of an all-day retreat. Find out what’s occupying their time, what seems to be working, and what isn’t. Come away with a vivid picture of the state of city planning in the southwest.
You’ll learn about:
• Issues and opportunities in and around Phoenix, from city planning directors in the region
• The director’s role in managing the city planning function of local government
, City of Phoenix
Confirmed SpeakerPeter Pollock, FAICP, is the Manager of Western Programs at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, where he manages joint programs with the Sonoran Institute and the Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy at the University of Montana. He worked for almost 25 years for the City of Boulder, Colorado as both a current and long range planner, and he served as director of the city’s Planning Department from 1999 to 2006. During the 1997-98 academic year, Mr. Pollock was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a visiting fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Mr. Pollock began his career as the staff urban planner for the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colorado where he specialized in solar access protection, energy-conserving land use planning, and outreach to local communities. He received his Masters in Landscape Architecture at UC Berkeley in 1978 and a Bachelors in Environmental Planning at UC Santa Cruz in 1976.
, City of Flagstaff
Confirmed SpeakerDaniel Folke started as Planning Director for the City of Flagstaff in 2013. His career focus has primarily been in zoning and development review, but enjoys the diverse responsibilities that come with being a small town planner. He was attracted to Flagstaff by its form based code, approach to urban sustainability and altitude. Career highlights include working on historic preservation, park development, trails and open space management and neighborhood planning. He has been fortunate to live and work in a number of beautiful places with tourism based economies. Prior to moving to Northern Arizona, he was the Planning Director for the City of Manitou Springs, CO; Community Development Director for the Town of Fort Myers Beach, FL; and Planning Director for Morris-Depew & Associates, Fort Myers, FL. Daniel has a Masters degree in Urban Studies from Georgia State University and a Bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
, City of Mesa
Confirmed SpeakerJohn Wesley received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Oregon in 1980 and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Oregon in 1985. After working as a planner and community development director in Stillwater, Oklahoma for over 20 years, John became the Planning Director for the City of Mesa, AZ December 1, 2003. In August 2017 John was named to also serve as the City of Mesa Zoning Administrator. The City of Mesa Planning Division is responsible for the development and implementation of the City’s General Plan and neighborhood plans and processing of entitlement requests for development including rezonings, site plans, design review, platting, and variances. In addition, the Planning Division is also responsible for the City of Mesa Historic Preservation program.
, City of Seattle
Confirmed SpeakerDavid Driskell serves as Executive Director of Planning, Housing and Sustainability for the City of Boulder, CO, providing strategic direction for the city's long range planning, urban design, development review, affordable housing, and work in energy and zero waste. He serves on the steering committee of the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, and is active in the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. Prior to joining the city in 2009, he served as UNESCO Chair for Growing Up in Cities in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University, and was founding principal of the Community Planning Collaborative as well as Baird+Driskell Community Planning, leading participatory planning initiatives in California, New York and New Jersey as well as Qatar, India and Kenya. He is a graduate of Stanford University and MIT, and the author of "Creating Better Cities with Children and Youth" (Earthscan, 2001).
, City of Colorado Springs
, Colorado Springs
, Las Vegas
, City of Saratoga Springs
, Saratoga Spings
Confirmed SpeakerNora Shepard is currently a Senior Planner for Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to this, she was the Planning Division Director for Salt Lake City. Nora has over 30 years of community planning experience with strengths in community building and expertise in facilitation and collaboration. From 2008 to 2015, Nora lived in New Jersey and was primarily involved with Safe Routes to School, being the New Jersey advocacy organizer for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and facilitator of the New Jersey Safe Routes to School network and manager of the Safe Routes to School Program for Meadowlink, a regional Transportation Management Association in New Jersey Prior to 2008, Nora spent 25 years as a local government planner in and around Park City, Utah. This included serving as the Planning Director for Park City, and Community Development Director for Summit County, Utah. These positions allowed Nora to fine turn her negotiation, project management, team building and interagency coordination skills. Nora is a certified Planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and a licensed Professional Planner (PP) in the State of New Jersey. She has been involved in leadership of the American Planning Association, including 2 terms as Utah Chapter President and a 4-year term on the National Board of Directors.