, Principal

Lee has been involved in planning, zoning and plan implementation in a variety of settings over the past 30 years. His main emphasis has been on redevelopment activity in urban areas, beginning in south Florida in the 80’s and 90’s, and continuing with his recent work in Los Angeles, Raleigh and Chattanooga. Lee sharpened his skills in the preparation of zoning and subdivision regulations across the country, and has been personally responsible for over 50 code projects, including the complete revision and adoption of over 30 codes. His combination of conventional zoning know-how and new form-based code approaches are rare in the profession, and his ability to facilitate the consideration and adoption of new zoning serves his clients well.

Lee has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Community & Regional Planning at the University of Texas, teaching smart growth tools at the graduate level. He serves as the policy chair of the Central Texas Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU). Lee is a frequent speaker at state and national planning conferences on the issues of smart growth, form-based codes, transit-oriented development and mixed use concepts.

Recent Experience

Los Angeles Zoning Update
Lee is currently leading a team of 15 firms in the process of updating Los Angeles’ 1946 zoning code. This effort will include a new downtown code, as well as a city-wide code update, both of which will be web-based.

Chapel Hill Land Use Management Ordinance
Lee recently completed the Town’s first form-based code, and continues to work on an update to their Town-wide regulations, with a particular focus on watershed and riparian buffers, signs and landscaping.

Teton Valley Model Sustainability Code
With the assistance of a HUD sustainability grant, a 4-county area south and west of Yellowstone is committed to grow more sustainably. Lee is crafting a model code based on the Greater Yellowstone Framework for Sustainable Development as one part of the strategy.


Master of Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1985
Bachelor of Science, Environmental Planning and Regional Analysis, University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, 1983