City Planning/Urban Design/Development Services

John C. Spencer, aicp

John C. Spencer has  had a 45-year career as a results-oriented leader and professional  planner who has played a key role in the changing face of the Portland  metropolitan region and communities throughout Oregon and the Northwest. As  a practitioner, John has prepared plans and implementation strategies for urban neighborhoods, mixed use development and redevelopment  projects, and provided numerous examples of “density done well” to serve  as success stories and examples for others to follow. Many of these  projects involved the “re-purposing” of under-developed properties into  some of Portland’s signature neighborhoods. In  one of his most important contributions, John has helped numerous  Portland metro area jurisdictions comply with the smart-growth vision  embodied through Metro’s (the Portland area’s regional government) 2040  Growth Concept by helping them plan for taking their anticipated share  of future population and job growth, and for steering this growth into  regional centers, town centers and corridors.  

As  a leader, John has made significant professional and leadership  contributions to the City of Portland, the Portland region and the state  of Oregon. He served the Portland Design Commission for eleven years in the role of commissioner, with six of those years serving as  chair. In this service, John helped enable the planning, design and  development of many of Portland’s most important projects, including  Pioneer Place, the Federal Courthouse Building, the Rose Quarter, the  Rose Garden arena, and numerous other major redevelopment projects and  transportation projects, including the Westside Light Rail and Portland  Streetcar. He also served on  the Board of Directors for the Oregon Downtown Development Association,  charged with bringing the smart growth principles of the Main Street  Program to Oregon’s smaller cities.

As  a practitioner and as a leader and volunteer, John has truly advanced  the art and science of planning, design review, and getting quality  development and envisioned futures in Portland, and in  Oregon. John has made a difference by applying the principles of smart growth and quality development where it counts - on the ground. Some men plan, others deliver. John has made a career of delivering a better Portland and a better Oregon. 

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John C. Spencer Consultants

1950 Northwest Overton Street, Portland, Oregon 97209, United States

(503) 789-0112, or

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