Visioning | Planning

A city planner with an appreciation of the past and vision for the future, John LaMotte uses his skills and positive personality to bring people together to move communities and developments forward. His ability to listen, visualize and communicate today’s needs into tomorrow’s plans are traits that have made his companies, clients and communities successful.

His work in urban, suburban and rural settings has involved a wide range of land uses, development patterns, infrastructure conditions, building types and housing products. Projects range from small to large sites, neighborhoods, downtowns, corridors, mixed-use and transit-oriented developments, campuses, cities, a regional waterfront and 8,000-acre new towns.

John can easily work at a “big picture” scale involving strategies, policies and communitywide processes as well as the more micro-scale of area/site planning, zoning regulations, development entitlements and site/building design standards. His extensive writing and editing work has included issue assessments, strategy summaries, project reports, plans, standards, marketing materials and professional services proposals. He published a lifelong collection of poetry, Night Water Reflections, in 2010.

Facilitating | Mediating

As a planner and trained mediator, John has built a reputation as a facilitator with proven ability to engage people, build teams and build consensus. Throughout his career, he has worked with a wide cross section of American people and has facilitated over 1,300 planning processes, listening/visioning sessions, focus groups, stakeholder interviews and community workshops with up to 300 participants.

Managing | Leading

As a former senior member of three successful Chicago-based consulting firms and large city economic development department, John has also developed skills in organizational leadership, program/project management, service marketing and public relations. He has been actively involved in the leadership of several professional, civic and business groups, and a speaker, panelist and facilitator at conferences and seminars throughout his career. John has a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor of Geography from University of Utah.