Roger Waldon, FAICP

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Organization / Work Phone:
(919) 824-6549

101 Market Street Suite D
Chapel Hill
United States

FAICP Statement

Roger Waldon personifies the link between planning theory and practice. Drawing on innovative ideas, his successes include the establishment of an Urban Services Boundary, New Urbanism developments, visualization techniques, shifts in transportation policy, and affordable housing in Chapel Hill. These concepts and principles are models to students and practicing planners everywhere. Inducted 2004.

About Me

Roger Waldon has spent a career assisting local governments in managing growth and regulatory systems. He has served as a regional planner and elected official, and served for 21 years as Planning Director for the Town of Chapel Hill. He is author of the book, "Planners and Politics" along with numerous articles focusing on planning practice. He is a frequent speaker at state and national conferences, and currently works in a consultant role assisting local governments, neighborhood organizations, and developers. He is also, sadly, a Cubs fan.

Professional Biography

Roger Waldon is a Senior Consultant with Clarion Associates, based in the North Carolina office. Mr. Waldon served as Planning Director for the Town of Chapel Hill for 21 years, directing the Town’s comprehensive planning and growth management functions. His work has emphasized neighborhood conservation and growth management, including preparation of land use plans and special area plans, preparation and administration of design guidelines, transportation planning, annexation, capital improvements, housing and community development initiatives, and evaluation of development applications. Prior to his work for Chapel Hill, Mr. Waldon worked on regional initiatives as Director of Planning Programs for the Triangle J Council of Governments, a regional planning organization based in the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. He has also served as an elected official on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education. Mr. Waldon is a frequent speaker at national planning conferences, and has lectured on planning topics at Universities in Massachusetts and North Carolina. His writing includes articles on planning processes and neighborhood conservation, and a book published by the American Planning Association, Planners and Politics. He is a contributor to the 2009 edition of ICMA’s “Green Book,” Local Planning: Contemporary Principles and Practice. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Planners in the 50 year history of planning in North Carolina. Education Master of City & Regional Planning University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Bachelor of Science Urban Studies & Planning MIT Professional History Clarion Associates 2005 – present Town of Chapel Hill Planning Director 1984-2005 Triangle J Council of Governments Director of Planning Programs 1972-1984 Professional Associations American Institute of Certified Planners, Fellow American Planning Association Charter Member


160255 | Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Graduation Date: June, 1972
Degree Level: Undergraduate
Planning Degree

160353 | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Graduation Date: June, 1976
Degree Level: Graduate
Planning Degree

Work Experience

Clarion Associates
May,2005 - Present
Chapel Hill, NC

United States

Town of Chapel Hill
Planning Director
November,1984 - May,2005
Chapel Hill, NC
United States

Triangle J Council of Governments
Director of Planning
November,1972 - November,1984
Research Triangle Park, NC
United States