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Leadership in a Challenging Planning Environment
Activity Code: S537
Date: Sunday, April 14
What can we learn from our failures—and what motivates us to keep going in a challenging planning environment? Listen in as planners with more than 150 years of combined experience in public and private sector agencies reveal the secrets of building and maintaining a successful, dynamic planning career. Hear about the latest trends in the planning profession—and share your own tips for achieving career goals with fellow audience members.
Arlan M. Colton, FAICP
Planning Director, Pima County
Phone: (520) 724-9000
Work: 2004-present, Planning Director - Pima County Development Services Dept. Tucson, Arizona; 2010-present, Board member, Imagine Greater Tucson regional visioning project 2011-present, Chair, Arizona Association of County Planning Directors, previously Vice-Chair 2011-present, Dean's Advisory Council, College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, University of Arizona 2008-present, Board member, Urban Land Institute, Southern Arizona group 2009-present, Vice-Chair, Friends of Planning (non-profit in support of University of Arizona graduate planning program) 2007-2009; 2001, 2003 Adjunct Lecturer, University of Arizona Planning degree program 2007-2010, member Arizona State Parks Board 2006-2009, Governor's Growth Cabinet 2001-2008, Co-Chair, Governor's Growing Smarter Oversight Council; 2003-2004 Principal Planner,(part time) URS Corp, Phoenix; 2000-2004 Planning Consultant, sole practitioner, Tucson; 2001-2004 City of Tucson Planning Commissioner; 1996-2000 Director - Arizona Preserve Initiative - Arizona State Land Dept. Phoenix; 1993-1996 Planning Director, Tucson Airport Authority; 1988-1993 Tucson Office Manager - Arizona State Land Dept.; 1984-1988 Principal Planner / Zoning Administrator, Pima County Planning Dept, Tucson
Education: MS Urban Planning, University of Arizona; BS Public Administration, University of Arizona
Publications: "Arizona Voters Reject Growth Limits, Open Space", with John Ditullio AICP, Planning Magazine, January 2001; "Growing Smarter Plus Provisions", with Corey Cox AICP, Arizona Planning, 2001; "Growth Management Comes to Arizona", with John DiTullio, AICP, Planning Magazine, February 1999
Past Assignments: National APA Conferences: 2011, 2007, 2003 (2), 2001, 2000, 1998, 1997, 1989; Arizona Planning Association: 2012, 2010, 2006, 2001, 2000, 1997, 1995, 1994, 1992, 1989, 1985, 1983; Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute: 2006, others; Western Planner: 1993, 1991; Southwest Regional Planning Conference: 1991; State Bar Association/Arizona Planning Association Land Use Law Update: 2003, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1996; Neighborhoods Arizona / Sustainable Growth: 2003; Various others
Robert L. Barber Sr., FAICP
Partner, Orion Planning Group
Work: Recently Retired Director of Planning, City of Hernando, Mississippi Orion Planning Group, Partner
Education: MURP, University of Mississippi B.A., Philosophy, University of Mississippi
Publications: Planning Fundamentals for Mississippi Elected Officials 2004 Planning and Zoning in Mississippi 2003 Small Town Development in Mississippi; For Elements of Success 2001 National Policy Guide on Manufactured Housing, (Coordinating Editor)APA 2001
Other Publications: Numerous other articles on small town planning
Past Assignments: Frequent speaker at state, regional and national events.
David M. Siegel, FAICP
Senior Project Manager, Leland Consulting Group
Phone: (503) 222-1600
Work: David Siegel, FAICP David has 36 years of experience as an award-winning professional planner and manager for public and private sector planning and public works agencies working on public and private sector projects locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. He provides innovative, collaborative, and outcomes-based planning and communications expertise on land use, transportation, visioning, strategic planning, community development, and infrastructure projects. He has led or participated in the creation of countless community plans, downtown and town center plans, comprehensive land use plans, and long-range planning and policy studies, each being given its own unique approach. This breadth of experience, in conjunction with his background in visioning, communications, public involvement, and consensus-building provides clients with a deep and diverse understanding of community issues and planning principles. Mr. Siegel’s work has been diverse in nature, ranging from helping the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council to refine a more sustainable vision for the urban form of new development and redevelopment within the metropolitan area and preparing a development management program for achieving it, to the 2012 APA National Planning Award-winning Cool Planning: A Handbook on Local Strategies to Slow Climate Change. Mr. Siegel is a skilled facilitator, enabling individual stakeholders, interest groups community groups, stakeholders, and decision makers to identify and agree upon community and project visions, guiding principles, plan implementation strategies, and approval criteria. He is committed to the building of quality communities, the application of smart growth and sustainable development principles, and enabling community interests to develop and carry out a collaboratively envisioned future. Mr. Siegel is active in the community and in his profession, and is in demand as a facilitator and problem-solver for complex planning issues nationwide. He recently completed his service to the national Board of Directors for the American Planning Association as Board member and President, and is a frequent presenter at the association’s national conference. He is currently Senior Project Manager with Leland Consulting Group, Portland, Oregon-based urban strategists and development advisors specializing in real estate market analysis, economic forecasts and strategies, planning and development strategies, financial analysis, project management and implementation.
Education: Masters of Community and Regional Planning, Ohio State University Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Urban Studies, Wittenberg University
Mary Kay Peck, FAICP
Principal, MKPeck Associates
Phone: (727) 510-1978
Work: Mary Kay Peck is prinicipal of MKPeck Associates, a firm that specializes in planning and management services. Mary Kay brings 30 years of local government experience at the city, county and regional level to her practice. She also draws on her experience as an adjunct professor at St. Petersburg College. Mary Kay has 25 years experience as a planner and has served as a city manager and assistant city manager. She supervised one of the top rated development services center in the country and led a successful organization wide-sustainability effort. From 1996 to 2005, she served as Henderson (NV) Director of Community Development. She joined the city in February 1995 as Zoning Administrator. During her tenure with Henderson, its population increased from 116,482 in 1995 to over 265,000. Mary Kay previously served as Planning Director for Gallatin County (Bozeman), Montana for 12 years. Prior to that, she was employed as Executive Director of the Dundee (Ill.) Area Intermunicipal Planning Committee in the Chicago suburbs. While President of the American Planning Association, Peck laid the foundation for the organization's first communication plan and led its first membership growth strategy, resulting in a 23% increase. She previously served as an APA Board Member and Chair of the Chapter Presidents Council.
Education: Mary Kay has a master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a bachelor’s degree in Urban Affairs from the University of Evansville, Indiana.
Past Assignments: Emerging Professionals Institute--APA National Conference and APA Florida state conference. Ethics Case of the Year--APA National Conference, APA Florida state conference and Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, Denver, CO. Best US Development Practices, Urumqi, China, 100 Foreign Experts Conference.