June 2011

Joe Dills, AICP, Otak principal, was recently recognized by the American Planning Association for 30 years of contributions to the planning profession. Joe is considered one of Oregon’s leading practitioners of integrated land use and transportation planning. He specializes in land use planning, public involvement, transportation and growth management, and land use regulations and sustainable communities. Starting with ODOT’s first pilot Transportation and Growth Management (TGM) project in 1993 (the Northwest Newberg Specific Plan), Joe has been the lead planner in more than 50 TGM program projects, ranging from transportation system plans to smart growth master plans to codes. Recently, he worked on several landmark projects in the United Arab Emirates, including the Khalifa B City Master Plan, the overall Development Regulations Framework for the Abu Dhabi Metro Area, and plans for six sustainable settlements in Al Gharbia.

Throughout his career, Joe has worked with community groups ranging from local neighborhood associations to state agency advisory councils. His core philosophy is that consensus and trust are built through a careful communications process that involves citizens at every step.


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