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Atlanta Region Planning Directors
CM | 1.25
Date: Tuesday, April 29
Activity Code: S639
Room: GWCC - C202/C203/C204
For the past decade, the APA National Planning Conference has offered participants a rare glimpse into exactly what is (and isn’t) working in and around the host city, from the people who know the area best. This year the tradition continues as the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy convenes regional conversation. Watch as a dozen planning directors’ paint a vivid picture of the state of city planning in and around Atlanta.
Peter Pollock, FAICP
Fellow, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP
Park Commissioner, NYC Dept of Parks & Recreation
Work: Chief Planning Officer, City of Raleigh, NC
Education: Masters in Urban Planning, Hunter College Bachelors in Architecture, Pratt Institute
Kathleen D. Field
Community Development Director, City of Milton
Phone: (678) 242-2555
Work: Director of Community Development, City of Milton, GA Director of Community Development, Roswell, GA Director of Planning, Boston Housing Authority Director of Planning, Providence, RI
Education: A.B. Trinity College, Washington, DC M.U.R.P. The George Washington University
Sue Schwartz, FAICP
Director for Planning & Community Dev., City of Greensboro PCD
Phone: (336) 373-2149
Work: Director, Department of Planning City of Greensboro NC
Education: Master of Arts, Geography UNC at Charlotte Bachelor of Science, Geography & Urban Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Publications: “Effective Community Participation in Revitalization” PAS Memo, American Planning Association November 1999. “Revitalizing an Urban Renewal Error” Planners’ Casebook, American Institute of Certified Planners Fall 1999. (Coauthored with Dr. William Harris, FAICP)
Other Publications: Browhfield News, ICMA Getting Smart! Newsletter
Past Assignments: 2013 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, 2011 APA National Conference, Panelist APA Communications Bootcamp Audio Conference: UNC Charlotte Environmental Reporting Symposium.
Richard C. Bernhardt, FAICP
Work: Executive Director of the Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County Planning Department since 2000. As Director, he instituted the application of the citizen-based Community Character Manual as a template for form-based community planning. Similarly, community based planning has led to the development of the model for integrated land use and transportation planning. He has led in the adoption of over 20 form-based codes to achieve the community’s vision. A signatory to the Charter of the New Urbanism, Rick was director EDAW’s Town Planning Studio and Planning and Development Director for City of Orlando for 17 years where he developed community–wide master plans, unified land development codes and assisted in the development of the initial version of what became the Smart Code. He serves on the board of the Form Based Codes Institute and served as the Chair of the Planners Task Force for the Congress of the New Urbanism. His work in Orlando with the Southeast Orlando Sector Plan and Baldwin Park resulted in the receipt of the initial Catherine Brown award from the Congress for the New Urbanism. He also received the Distinguished Service Award from APA.
Education: Rick was educated at Auburn University (B.S. in Economics) and Ohio State University (Master of City Planning with a concentration in housing and urban structure) and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from The Ohio State University in 1997.
Past Assignments: Including: Vanderbilt University, Ohio State University, University of Florida, Rollins College, University of Central Florida, Florida State University, Florida Department of Community Affairs, Florida League of Cities, States of Florida, Arkansas, Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington. Also, lecturer with the Seaside Institute, Urban Land Institute and Faculty Associate with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Amanda Thompson, AICP
Planning Director, City of Decatur
Work: Amanda Thompson has worked for the City of Decatur for nine years and served in the position of Planning Director for six years. She supervises the daily operations of development process including zoning administration, permits and inspections with a building department of six full time and part time employees. She also manages longer term planning projects like the Comprehensive Plan, regional transportation funding requests and regional policy implementation. She received her BA from Agnes Scott College and her Masters in Public Administration from Georgia State University. She completed the ARC Community Planning Academy in 2006 and received extensive training in transportation design from the Georgia Tech Center for Quality Growth. She recently was determined eligible to take the American Institute of Certified Planners exam, which is a nationwide professional planning certification. During her time in Decatur Amanda has managed and assisted with a variety of planning projects including greenspace acquisition, tree management plans, the 2010 Strategic Planning process, 2010 Comprehensive plan update and the 2008 Community Transportation Plan. She has implemented two local historic districts and several zoning ordinance updates including shared parking, accessory dwelling units and new standards for light manufacturing. She serves as the staff liaison for the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals. In this role, Amanda is responsible for determining the zoning compliance of every major residential and commercial project that applies for a permit in the city. She conducts plan reviews, responds to zoning complaints and meets with applicants and residents on a regular basis to explain the city’s plans, goals and zoning ordinances. In 2009 she led the efforts to create the Environmental Sustainability Board to comprehensively address the program and education needs in the areas of stormwater, greenspace, urban canopy, waste and energy use. She has had the pleasure of staffing two major resident led efforts – the Infill Task Force and the Zoning Update Task Force. Amanda has been recognized by her peers for Decatur’s innovative work in building communities that support alternative transportation, healthy built environments, citizen engagement and sustainable building practices. She has presented at numerous national conferences on these topics including the American Planning Association, Transportation Research Board, ProWalk/Pro Bike, the International City County Management Association and was a keynote speaker last fall for the Center’s for Disease Control Transforming Communities training for grantees. She has served on advisory task forces as a local expert for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Georgia Department of Transportation, ICMA and the Federal Highway Administration on issues ranging from transit orientated development to Complete Streets and evaluation techniques for determining the health of a community.
William D. Meyer, AICP
Planning & Development Director, City of Rock Hill
Work: Planning and Development Director - City of Rock Hill, South Carolina (current) Past Experience Planning Director - Hall County, Georgia Planning and Development Director -Lenexa, Kansas Community Development Director - Port Orange, Florida
Education: Master of Urban & Regional Planning - University of Florida Bachelor of Arts in Sociology - University of Florida
A. Paul Norby Jr., FAICP
Director Of Planning, Winston-Salem-Forsyth Plng Bd.
Phone: (336) 747-7061
Work: Director of joint city-county metropolitan planning agency conducting a full range of planning activities including comprehensive plans, area plans, development review, historic preservation, downtown and neighborhood revitalization, economic development, community appearance, and environmental review
Education: -Bachelor of Arts, Valparaiso University (Geography) -Master of Science in City and Regional Planning, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville -Certificates in Municipal Administration and Effective Management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Publications: Winston-Salem: A Study in Growth, Resilience and Adaptability, an article for Carolina Planning
Past Assignments: Speaker and Moderator at 2013 North Carolina Planning Conference; past speaker at other regional and national organizations
James E. Shelby
Work: James E. Shelby has over 25 years of Municipal government experience and the majority of those years he served in a senior management position in the City or Regional Planning. Mr. Shelby was named Commissioner of the Department of Planning and Community Development in October 2008, where he oversees a staff of nearly 200 personnel. In this capacity, Commissioner Shelby is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Offices of Buildings, Housing and Planning. Under his leadership during the 2011 fiscal year, Commissioner Shelby achieved several major milestones for the City of Atlanta, including: •Implementing a $16.2 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program to acquire rehab and resale housing units left by the national foreclosure crisis. •Receiving a $2.1 million grant from HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control to implement the city’s first Lead-based Paint and Hazard Control Program. •Overseeing the streamline of the permitting process through the consolidation of all permit related services. •Implementing the city’s first housing inventory and analysis of residential units in the City of Atlanta.
Education: Commissioner Shelby holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in City and Regional Planning from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He served as Board Director for the National American Planning Association and is a member of numerous professional associations including the American Planning Association where he served as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and President of the Mississippi Chapter. As a member of the Georgia Planning Association, he served as the Legislative Chair.