Experienced urban planner, with a specialty in helping to
develop urban renewal in areas where infrastructure has deteriorated.
Worked on numerous public and government sector projects.
Fiscal Management / Budgeting
Title Deeds Research
Public/Private Sector Alliances
Ø Strong technical background with the ability to work independently or in team environment on multiple urban planning projects.
Ø Excel in defining and implementing policies, procedures and operational systems that boost productivity, efficiency and quality of operations.
Ø Competent leader and mentor who is able to create a team environment, including building collaborative relationships, training peers to perform at maximum efficiency, and the capacity to form cross-functional coalitions in order to ensure knowledge is shared across departmental lines.
Ø Consistently focus on ensuring development of efficiency best-practices.
Ø Proven ability to adapt strong safety and technical skills to diverse organization needs.
Ø Highly adaptable in quickly changing technical environments.
Ø Experience working directly with US Army Corp of Engineers involving estuary on environmental issues and submerged lands.
Ø Extensive background working in development of land partitions within public sector.
Ø Effectively manage supervisory staff, project engineers, field engineers, and superintendents.
Ø Interface with entire project team as required in the establishment of project schedules and resolving schedule problems.
Ø Direct complex projects from concept to fully operational status.
Ø Intend new communities and developed programs to revitalize and expand existing cities.
Ø Determine best use of land and resources for homes, businesses, and recreation.
Ø Design, promote and administer government plans and policies per budgetary and operational considerations.
Ø Develop methods to modernize infrastructure, transportation systems, schools, and parks.
Ø Collect and analyze data and develop proposals as well as submit to planning commissions.
Ø Supervise and coordinate work of urban planning technologists.
n B.S. C Arts and Letters, Portland State University
n Certification C Urban Studies, Portland State University
n Emphasis in Earth Sciences and Business Accounting
n Internship C Development Project, Oregon Planning Department
Principal - Owner, Veronica Smith Land Use Consulting, LLC 2004-Present
Professional land use consultant for over 4 years, with 15 plus years of experience in project management, with excellent budget and office management expertise. Detail orientated, practical solutions, highly ethical, motivated.
Client projects: Negotiation of site acquisitions for environmental mitigation sites related to both tidal wetlands and wildlife habitat. Property subdivisions, title, legal research. Work with NMFS, USFW and FERC agencies on environmental regulations, to satisfy permit requirements of NEPA. Key client: LNG facility on the Columbia River and related 38 mile natural gas pipeline. Highly controversial project involving work with Tribal communities.
Scope of various projects includes technical research, analysis, report writing and public hearings to support client s position. Knowledgeable is deed and title research, Word, Excel, Power Point and GIS programs. Experienced managing scope of work with surveyors, appraisers, land use requirements in preparing survey plats, ownership records.
Skills: articulate in communication, both oral and written. Strong organizational skills, tracking multiple projects, managing subcontractors, skilled in implementing design standards, analysis of land use issues and working with local, State, Federal staff as well as stakeholders and general public.
Planner III Lead Planner in Long Range Planning, Jackson County, Medford, OR 2004-2005
Key project: served on the Rogue Valley Regional Problem Solving Committee, for the expansion of 7-cities urban growth boundary lines. Master Planning on a very large scale, politically sensitive climate, working with various jurisdictions, stakeholders and special interest groups.
Key lead on right-of-way permitting for expansion of a section of the Interstate I-5 corridor and a connecting State highway clover leaf on-off ramp to include bridge abutments at stream crossings. This included creating a wetland mitigation project for fill. Performed base analysis, research of zoning and land use laws, deed and title search, and arrangements for property owner meetings, facilitate access permission to survey, inventory private lands.
Supervisor of Jr. Planning Staff, performance evaluations, assisting each in scoping their completeness review of applications, work task assignments, review and editing reports, mentoring their skill development and knowledge.
Performed title research, deed or parcel creation, reading metes and bounds to determine if a lot or parcel was lawfully created. If errors were made, I was responsible for flagging these accounts and working with property owners to correct errors
Researched, wrote new environmental zoning code provisions and Comprehensive Plan text amendments for urbanized and rural development, natural resource protection that involved writing and posting legal notices, organizing and leading public workshops, scoping meetings, presentations at public hearings. Conducted desktop and field surveys of lands and provided written analysis of impacts of land use proposals in conformance with laws.
- Senior Planner, Clatsop County, Astoria, OR
- Associate Planner, Planning Services Division, City of Beaverton, OR
Establishes guidelines and sets priorities to direct staff.
Delegates proper authority with responsibility for workload to be performed.
Exceptional communication skills.
Relates positively with everyone.
Outstanding capacity to maintain sense of humor, perspective, and is a calming influence.
Develops budget guidelines and has minimal variance.
Exceptional ability to forecast and manage expenditures without compromising results.
Understands the responsibility and takes staff development seriously.
Highly skilled at focusing on individual performance and encouraging employees to do their best.
Gives constructive feedback.
Seeks information from staff when problems arise.
Gives clear and logical reasons for decision.
Handles emotional behavior effectively.
Gives recognition for positive results.
Helps employees take responsibility for improving their performance.
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