About spencer consultants

Spencer Consultants is a  Portland, Oregon-based planning and development services firm that  focuses on public/private development planning, urban design, project  management, and urban renewal.  The firm is a principal-only practice and has no employees. Charles Kupper, John’s partner since forming Spencer & Kupper, unexpectedly passed away in late 2009. Under a new firm name, John is continuing the consulting practice they founded in 1985.

Under the direction of John, the firm’s work has involved developing  plans and implementation strategies for urban neighborhoods, mixed-use  developments and redevelopment projects, evaluating market support for  downtown revitalization and mixed-use developments, negotiating  public-private partnerships to overcome market and financing  constraints, determining transportation and infrastructure needs and  responsibilities, assuring sustainability targets, and evaluating code  and design guideline proposals against real development factors.

An important emphasis of the firm is on plan implementation. Spencer  Consulting has extensive experience identifying implementation  programs, incentives, financial strategies and partnerships to make  difficult projects feasible. John has prepared zoning codes, design guidelines and standards, and action plans that move policy into real projects. Achieving  public consensus for plans, involving the public and stakeholders in  plan formulation, and securing necessary permits and approvals are all  part of plan implementation activities.

John  is the planning and urban design principal of the firm. He is  responsible for the firm’s neighborhood and specific area planning,  development code and design standards preparation, revitalization  strategy and urban renewal planning. John's focus is on central area planning, redevelopment, town planning, sustainability and project management.