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Donald is a professional urban planner with over 30 years of development planning experience. Previously as a principal planner with the City of Hartford, he was responsible for the implementation of the City’s zoning regulations as they affect development projects. With extensive experience in deciphering and developing land use controls, community outreach, and business engagement, he has been responsible for the development, staffing, and organizational business management of various projects in Los Angeles, CA, and Hartford, CT.
Donald started his planning career in Los Angeles, California as a legislative aide to City council where he was responsible for expediting the entitlement process for city real estate development projects. He gained further technical experience in Los Angeles’ sprawling Planning Department and several “boutique” Land Use/Planning consultancies until he formed Chapman Consulting in 1990. To deepen his development experience, Donald left planning at various points in his career to manage commercial enterprises and nonprofits to include Walmart Stores, Amerisuites Hotels, Starbucks Coffee Company and the City of Hartford Housing Authority’s Hartford Community Construction Company.
His experiences in the public and private sector give him unique advantages when negotiating with government and/or commercial developers. Site massing, building location, use selection, and entitlement processing are areas frequently discussed where his expertise can be applied.
Donald holds a degree in policy studies from Dartmouth College.