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Expert in Zoning, Land Use, Planning, Fair Housing, RLUIPA

Expert ID: 725988 Illinois, USA

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Land planning is the process establishing policy and designed layout of land parcels. He has done land planning for the past thirty years as a consultant in the field. Generally, this work is done in suburban settings. It often leads to follow up asignments presenting land plans he has created to municipal planning commissions, zoning board of appeals and city councils. Land planning is one of the major elements of city planning and it is taught in every city planning and most landscape architecture schools across the country, usually at the masters level. Expert has acted as expert witness in a number of land planning matters as a representative of both plantiff and defendant.

Strategic planning in the field of city planning involves means and methods to implement planning policies usually found in a government agency's comprehensive plan. As a city planning consultant he has led numerous client communities process and then commit to strategic actions that will work to implementing their planning policies.

Urban planning, often referred to city planning, is the overarching name that decribes what city planners do. He has prepared comprehensive plans, written zoning ordinances and prepared downtown and corridor plans all of which are considered urban planning. He is expert in many aspects of urban planning especially in the preparation of zoning ordinances, and policy planning. He has worked on urban planning contracts for more than 150 municipalities in this field while the company he head has worked for more than 300. This extensive experience in urban planning strengthens his ability to act as a knowledgable expert witness. As an expert witness he has won a majority of cases in which he has been has been involved.

A large part of his planning practice has taken place along the urban fringe of large cities and metropolitan areas. As a responsible planner, he has devoted a part of his work with client communities to offset the worst characteristics and high public cost of urban sprawl. He has worked to increase densities where possible which is a major strategy to lessen the effects of urban sprawl. He has become quite knowlegable in a new zoning technique referred to as "form-based zoning" which works to achieve sustainable developments that set conditions to avoid the worst aspects of urban sprawl.

He is one of the country's foremost experts in zoning ordinance preparation and in testimony to defend these and other ordinances as well. His work in writing zoning ordinances provides him a deep knowledge of the zoning field to back up his opinions and testimony in expert witness cases. He has trained his employees in the tecniques of zoning and has lectured on the topic at professional meetings and unversities. He has authored in the range of twenty-five zoning ordinances during his career.

He was lead consultant on the Redevelopment Plan for The Glelnview Naval Air Station- a BRAC base closure project.He prepared a new Zoning Ordinances for Evanston, Peoria, Park Ridge, Illinois; Newark New Jersey; Norfolk, Virginia and many other municipalities.He was author of An Expert Opinion report for a case involving the Fait Housing amendment to the 1968 Civil Right Act on behalf of the Marriott Senior Living Corporation in Atlanta, GeorgiaHe was author of a zoning policy document prepared for the City of Newark, New JerseyHe has served as expert witness and special master to Federal Judge Reuben Casillio on the matter - Hispanic United v. Village of Addison and United States of America v. Village of Addison,

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Chicago, Illinois - Rockford, Illinois - Aurora, Illinois - Naperville, Illinois - Joliet, Illinois - Elgin, Illinois - South Bend, Indiana - Gary, Indiana - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Kenosha, Wisconsin

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1964 Degree: BA Subject: Economics Institution: Michigan State University
Year: 1966 Degree: MS Subject: City and regional planning Institution: Illinois Institute of Technology

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1975 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities: He is active leader of land use and zoning sector of company. He performed expert testimony before state and federal court on land use zoning and fair housing matters.
Years: 1968 to 1975 Employer: Baton Aschmam Associates Title: Senior Associate Department: City Planning Responsibilities: He was in charge of completing contracts with client cities. His are of concentration include the preparation of comprhesive plans, zoning ordinances and expert testimony.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: to Present Agency: Village of North Aurora Role: Consultant Description: He is author of a new zoning ordinance.
Years: 2005 to 2007 Agency: City of Park Ridge, Illinois Role: Head consultant Description: He was author of a new zoning ordinance
Years: 2006 to 2008 Agency: County of Winnebago, Illinois Role: Head consultant Description: He prepared a update to the county's comprehensive land use plan
Years: 1997 to 1999 Agency: City of Kansas City, Missouri Role: Head consultant Description: He was prime author of the Human Investment Plan - a part of FOCUS Kansas City. Also the lead consultant of 15 co-consultants on the project

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
He is a member of APA (American Planning Association). He is also a member of LPCI (Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois). Futher, he is a member of Lamda Alpha International ( a society for real estate professionals).
Licenses / Certifications
AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners)
Professional Appointments
He has been or is currently; president of the Illinois chapter of APA. He is the first Senior Fellow at the Chaddick Institute of Metroplantan Development at DePaul University in Chicago. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Intitute of Technology.
Awards / Recognition
He was chief consultant for FOCUS Kansas City which won the Plan of the Year award given by the national directors of the American Planning Association. He also was awarded the APA Illinois Chapter award for the best preservation plan for a plan to conserve historic Pullman, Illinois. He was awarded the American Society of Landscape Architect's design plan of the year for his work on Image Enhancement in Carol Stream, Illinois.
Publications and Patents Summary
He has over 150 publications related to his work as a planning consultant.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He has appeared in federal and state courts as an expert witness and completed related depositions approximately twenty time over his career. He has appeared before zoning appeal boards and plan commission as an expert on a regular basis on a variety of subjects within the planning, zoning and fair housing areas.
Training / Seminars
He developed and taught a community redevelopment course at the Illinois Intitute of Technology where he is an Associate Professor in the Architecture Department. He has also developed a branch of planning referred to as Human Investment Planning that addresses the social aspects and quality-of-life factors of city populations. He has given lectures on this topic and others in his role as Senior Fellow at the Chaddick Intitute for Metropolitan Development - De Paul University, Chicago. He has lectured at the following educational institutions: Northwestern University on the subject of site planning and related traffic impacts, at DePaul University on housing needs and planning, at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana on zoning, the University of Illinois at Chicago on zoning, Eastern Illinois University of community development and at the University of New Orleans on zoning matters.
Vendor Selection
He has had significant experience organizing and leading jobs that required subcontractors with complementary areas of expertise and managed these subcontractors throught the course of each contractural assignment in which they took part.
Marketing Experience
He has presented at a number of national conferences in his professional organization (the American Planning Association) in the areas of neighborhood planning, public participation, evaluation of planning concepts, human investment planning and the updating of zoning ordinances.
Other Relevant Experience
He has appeared as an expert witness on behalf of public bodies, primarily cities, counties and towns, and private sector parties seeking approvals of zoning petitions. He has authored reports on the economic impact of proposals such as wind energy farms and fair housing. He has provided counsel to attorneys involved in law suits on the subject of fair housing. He has provided services as an expert in natural resourses, conservation and downtown planning. He has worked on assignments involving housing needs and demographic projections. He has worked on feaibility studies for proposed performing arts and convention facilities. He has a background in social planning as part the national Empowerment Zone program undertaken during the Clinton administration.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French Moderately proficient

Fields of Expertise

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