Chris is a Land Planning Specialist in the Real Estate Group focused on assisting commercial and residential clients and other landowners in a variety of matters before municipal planning commissions, governing bodies and zoning hearing boards. As a certified planner (American Institute of Certified Planners), building code official (Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry), and zoning officer (Pennsylvania Association of Zoning Officials), Chris’s work includes assistance with all forms of development approvals, zoning relief, as well as zoning amendments and challenges.
Chris has over 23 years of community development, planning and zoning experience, working in both the public and private sectors while representing both municipal and private development clients in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Oklahoma. Chris’s professional background as a community development specialist, planner, zoning and codes official, and project manager specifically included working with various local, county, and regional governments, responsible for developing a variety of plans, design standards, implementation strategies, and ordinances; funding coordination; managing a variety of projects; administering and enforcing building, zoning and development codes; and serving as a professional and technical liaison to planning commissions and governing bodies.
Additionally, as a certified instructor for the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute (PMPEI) and trainer for Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS), Chris regularly provides training to planning commissions, zoning officers and other municipal officials on a variety of planning, zoning, and development matters throughout the state. Chris also volunteers his time and professional experience, having served on various regional, county, and municipal boards and commissions including the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, Cumberland County Planning Commission and Cumberland County Blighted Properties Reinvestment Board.
Bloomsburg University, B.A., Geography, concentration in Environmental Planning, 1996
University of Oklahoma, MRCP, Regional and City Planning, 2002
AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners)
Cumberland County Blighted Properties Reinvestment Board, Secretary 2010 – 2018
Cumberland County Planning Commission, 2008 – 2018, Chairman (Past), Vice-Chairman (Past)
Mechanicsburg Borough Historic and Architectural Review Board, 2008 – 2012
Mechanicsburg Borough Planning Commission, Member 2005 – 2017, Chair (Past) Secretary (Past)
Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, 2008 –2014, Chairman (Past), Vice-Chairman (Past)
Main Street Mechanicsburg, Vice-President 2005 – 2008, Board of Directors (Past), Design Committee Chairman (Past)
American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), # 020935 January 2020 – December 2021
Building Code Official (BCO); Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, # 004939, May 2019 – 2022
Certified Zoning Officer (CZO); Pennsylvania Association of Zoning Officials (PAAZO) May 2019 – 2022
Certified Trainer (Community Planning, Subdivision Review, Zoning, & Zoning Administration); Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute (PMPEI), 2011 – Present
November 22, 2014 - Borough News/The Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs (PSAB)
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