With over 30 years of professional public and private planning experience, Lou Lightfoot - founding partner and President of The Lightfoot Planning Group - has developed positive and innovative approaches to solving today’s complex planning issues.
His business, engineering, and architecture/planning educational backgrounds help Lou recognize the broader picture of a project from design and technical regulatory compliance to strategic planning, for the ultimate approval and economic success of the project. Expert site design and negotiating skills make him a leader in the planning profession.
Lou views the project from a planning perspective, but he also understands all aspects of the entitlement process from design to approval. TLPG is structured such that Lou is able to devote at least 50% of his time, as a working partner, to project planning and management of the design team. Site design, marketing, training and corporate management duties make up the rest of his responsibilities at the firm. He has also served as an expert witness on numerous legal cases involving condemnations, permit processing, growth control, CC&R enforcement and zoning issues.
Lou conducts a variety of guest lectures on Planning and the Land Use entitlement process for public officials, community groups, related professional firms, and the Burnham Moores Real Estate Institute at the University of San Diego.
He has spent several years serving on and chairing a variety of Building Industry Association boards, receiving the BIG Award - a Lifetime Achievement Award in Community Affairs. Past experience included serving as Planning Director and Redevelopment Director for the City of Oceanside.
Master in Business Administration, National University
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Architecture, Lehigh University
American Planning Association
Building Industry Association
Urban Land Institute