STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS
Neil L. Aaland, AICP
American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
Specializing in planning and policy services to local and state government: Long-range planning, Current planning, SEPA expertise, Land Use Hearing Examiner services, Environmental planning, Watershed and special area management planning,Meeting facilitation
M.A., Geography (urban and environmental planning) – Bowling Green State University, Ohio (1981)
B.A., Sociology – Humboldt State Univ., California (1979)
2006- Aaland Planning Consultants, Inc.
2004-2006 Washington Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation/Salmon Recovery Funding Board (Assistant Director)
1994-2004 Washington Department of Ecology (Senior Planner, Section Manager, Senior Manager)
1994 Kauai County Planning Department, Hawaii (Deputy Director)
1989-1994 Washington Department of Ecology
1984-1989 Thurston Regional Planning Council
1981-1984 Grays Harbor County Planning Dept.
Growth Management Act compliance for the City of Shelton
Shelton needed to update various development regulations to comply with GMA requirements. I prepared revisions to the subdivision ordinance and provisions for essential public facilities, developed a new forest practices ordinance, prepared the overall resolution documenting the update process, and prepared the SEPA documentation.
Policy Consultant – Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC)
I provide staff and policy development services for various WSAC projects, including:
Land Use Hearing Examiner
I have over tthirteen years of experience serving as the hearing examiner for four cities. Types of cases reviewed include rezones, variances, conditional uses, plats, appeals of administrative decisions, and serving as hearing officer for city’s seizure of property used in methamphetamine delivery. The four jurisdictions generally provide that decisions of the examiner are final, with no review by the city council.
Facilitation and Rule Adoption Services for CTED’s GMA Rule Update
The State Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development (CTED) hired me to facilitate public meetings and workshops for the GMA Rule update currently underway, and advise them on rule adoption procedures. I provided facilitation of several stakeholder groups used to develop key revisions. I also served as hearing officer for the final public hearings required to complete the rule revision process.
Policy Development for Salmon Habitat Restoration Grant Program - Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB)
As a contractor to a previous employer, I developed the policy basis for the 2007 SRFB grant round. This was modeled upon previous work I did as the Assistant Director for Grant Services. In 2006 the grant program changed from a locally focused process to a regional process, implementing six regional plans rather than 26 localized plans. I worked with a variety of stakeholders to develop acceptable policy and procedures.
Evaluation of Ecology’s “Watershed Characterization” Process
As a contractor to the Department of Ecology, I provided independent review and evaluation of the watershed characterization process currently being used by Ecology’s Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program to assess the status of environmental processes. I interviewed local government staff and private consultants who have used the process, and prepared my own evaluation of how well the process works. A final report was prepared (currently under preparation by Ecology for posting on their website).
Small Town Planning Consultant
I provided planning services for five years to a small town that was beginning to experience growth but had no permanent planning staff. Specific work included helping with initial GMA compliance, drafting comprehensive plan elements including a housing element; representing the town in a joint project to develop a Critical Areas Ordinance for several small towns; and reviewing permits and SEPA documentation as needed.
Statewide Rules for Regulatory Reform and SEPA/GMA Integration
I led a team of staff from two state agencies to amend the State Environmental Policy Act Rules (SEPA) and integrate growth management planning requirements. This effort implemented the Local Project Review Act, statewide regulatory reform legislation passed to facilitate the local government permit review process. I also conducted numerous training sessions for cities and counties after the rules were adopted into law.
Steve Goins, Director
Department of Community and Economic Development
City of Shelton
525 West Cota Street
Shelton, WA 98584
Eric Johnson, Executive Director
Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC)
206 10th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA 98501
For Hearing Examiner Services:
Mike Wincewicz, Director
Community Development and Public Works Departments
112 N Main Street
Montesano, WA 98563
Other references can be provided upon request