Planning Connections
Human, Natural and Man Made

About the Author

“Pete” Pointner has played a key managerial and technical role in directing large scale and complex projects which have been implemented and received national, regional and local award recognition.

Many of these projects began in controversy and litigation. He has accomplished this by evolving projects responsive to the social, economic and environmental context of which they are a part.

He has managed assignments in 25 states and 4 foreign countries. He has directed planning and design assignments for more than 65 units of local government and prepared site plans for residential, commercial and industrial developments and mixed used projects throughout the Chicago region.

He has also applied his planning skills to: serve volunteer and not for profit groups; mentor young professionals through his teaching experience; and, advance the profession through his presentations and involvement in professional societies.

Implemented Planning and Design Projects
  • Project manager for conceptual design, I-70 through Glenwood Canyon, Colorado (1997 American Society Civil Engineers national award)
  • Director of technical studies, Franconia Notch State Park Master Plan and Scenic Highway (Only section of two lane interstate in the United States)
  • Coordinating planner, river relocation and memorial boulevard project in downtown Providence, Rhode Island (National President’s award, Bruner Award for Urban Design)
  • Project manager for downtown urban design plans in Itasca, and Lombard, Illinois (both APWA awards), Mt. Prospect facade improvement program (HUD award)
  • Project manager for 30 million dollar revitalization plan for five square mile commercial and industrial district in Elk Grove Village and for all residential neighborhoods.
  • Manager of site selection and site design for Conserve School within 1,200 pristine acres in Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin (Illinois ASLA Award 1999)
  • Project director, Peoria County Land Resource Management Plan, (State APA award)
  • Project manager for site planning of Manchester Lakes residential community in Algonquin, Illinois (NAHB Crystal Key award 1999)
Professional Society Leadership
  • Team leader for American Planning Association Assistance Planning Team for development of new town center plan for Deerfield, Florida.
  • AIA national Historic Resource Committee member for 9 years and chapter HRC chair
  • Illinois Association of Environmental Professionals, past president
  • APA representative on diversified regional centers, presented paper at three national and numerous regional and local conferences, service on two chapter committees, mentor for student planners, member of national green infrastructure sub-committee and juror for the 2011 national APA planning awards
  • ITE presenter at two TRB national conferences and author of article for ITE Journal
Public Service
  • Planning and development committee chairman, secretary and chairman of the board of Valley Improvement Association of New Mexico
  • Vice President, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, chair of three committees
  • Charter member and first chairman, Beman Committee for the Preservation of Historic Pullman and board member and grants coordinator for Historic Pullman Foundation
  • Past board member, Marion Park, low income residential housing complex sponsored by the Franciscan sisters
  • National publications produced by the National Trust, ASCE, ITE, APA and the IllinoisAIA
  • “Planning Connections – Human, Natural and Man Made” available from Author House, or the author
  • Free PDF download book elaborating on topics in Planning Connections available via with 60 papers and over 250 illustrations.

For a list of recent publications and presentations, contact Pete and he will gladly email copies of recent papers.

Honors and Awards
  • John Ertsman Award for Historic Preservation
  • Main Street Winfield volunteer award
  • Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Executive award
  • Advisory board of the DuPage Conservation Foundation
  • Guest lecturer at 10 universities.
  Planning Connections
By Pete Pointner

Transportation Planner

“Pete Pointner brings to this planning document a unique perspective of how planning and transportation engineering really should work together to develop exceptional projects. This book will be of considerable value to those involved in the planning or design of transportation facilities.”

David B. Miller, Fellow, Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and Past International Director of ITE District 4, Chairman and CEO, Metro Transportation Group, Inc.