William Weber has more than 30 years experience advising clients, leading teams and building public consensus in growth management, urban design, economic development and revitalization.
His uncommonly wide range of experience is a major benefit to clients, particularly in complex or controversial projects. His range of work has spanned suburban to central locations, growth to redevelopment, visioning to action, urban to natural environments, and public to private engagements.
Bill’s career has been guided by his personal values. His recommendations are grounded on principles that are carefully considered and deeply held regarding environmental sustainability, urban living, social justice and public leadership. Clients respect his convictions and gain confidence from them.
Before founding Weber Community Planning, Bill served as the director of community planning with three major Twin Cities engineering firms.
Bill is recognized as a Professional Transportation Planner with the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
- Comprehensive City Plans
- Economic Development
- County Land Use Plans
- Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances
- Downtown and Commercial District Plans
- Transportation-Related Land Use and Urban Design
- Bicycle Networks and Corridors
- Park Systems
- River Corridors
- Housing and Community Development Assistance
- Natural Resources
- Utilities Systems
- Municipal Development Application Review
- Private Land Development Process
- Environmental Impact Documents
- Expert Witness Testimony
- Public Participation and Communication
Prepared more than three dozen comprehensive plans for cities from 2,000 to 200,000 in population in eight states. Created an innovative, effective and award-winning method for public involvement and decision-making that combines strategic and comprehensive planning; and led community leaders to consensus in complex and controversial situations. Client include Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Shakopee, Hopkins, Savage, Maplewood, St. Anthony (1979 and 1987), Brooklyn Center, Hutchinson, New Ulm, Oakdale, Milaca, Hastings, Vadnais Heights, Waconia, Wyoming and Breezy Point, Minnesota; Green Bay, La Crosse, Eau Claire (1992, 2004 and 2015) and Fond du Lac, Wisconsin; Springfield, Missouri; Ankeny and Clive, Iowa; Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Roswell, New Mexico; Thornton, Colorado; and North Chicago, Illinois. Created district plans for the final growth area of Brooklyn Park (4,000 acres) and southeastern Springfield, Missouri (six square miles).
Prepared city-wide strategic plans and physical designs supporting long-term economic development for cities and counties. Led initiatives for land use, infrastructure and public-private relations with the aim of retaining or attracting business and industry. Coordinated the work of market analysts and other economic development professionals. Prepared the Eau Claire economic development plan and served on the team for the Upper River Impact Study.
Prepared land use plans for Anoka, McLeod, Renville, Sherburne, Washington and Stearns Counties, Minnesota; Pierce County, Wisconsin; Greene County, Missouri; Sweetwater County, Wyoming; and Chaves County, New Mexico.
Wrote completely new zoning ordinances for the cities of Vadnais Heights, Oakdale, Brooklyn Center, Hutchinson, Lilydale, Waseca and Wyoming, Minnesota; Green Bay, Wisconsin; Rock Springs, Wyoming; Roswell, New Mexico; and Thornton, Colorado. Prepared amendments to subdivision ordinances in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Roswell, New Mexico. Led the complete redrafting of the Sherburne County Zoning Ordinance. Rewrote portions of the zoning ordinances for McLeod and Renville Counties.
Managed revitalization plans for downtowns in Springfield, Missouri; Champaign, Illinois; Stillwater, Northfield and Rosemount, Minnesota and Eau Claire, Wisconsin; the Minneapolis Upper Mississippi River Corridor Master Plan; the Crystal Bass Lake Road Redevelopment Plan; the St. Paul Central Riverfront Plan, Arden Hills County Road E Corridor, Westgate Business Park; the Eau Claire Medical and Educational District, the Highway 7, Highway 61 and Brooklyn Boulevard Corridor Plans, and the Edina Valley View at Wooddale Plan.
Prepared station neighborhood plans and design guidelines for the Raleigh-Durham regional rail system, the Chapel Hill to Durham LRT system, the Cincinnati LRT system, the Southeast Wisconsin LRT system, and the Twin Cities' Northstar Commuter Rail System. Wrote the Land Use Element of the FTA New Starts application for the Northstar Corridor. Managed the Lincoln, Nebraska, Transit and Land Use Plan. Conducted community development planning for the I-494 Reconstruction Design and EIS, the TH 169 Alignment and EIS, the Southeastern Wisconsin LRT Comprehensive Plan, the Hennepin County Comprehensive LRT System Plan and EIS, the TH 14-52 Alignment and EIS, the TH 252-610 Alignment and EIS, and 79th-80th Street in Bloomington. Supervised or directly prepared the transportation element of more than thirty comprehensive city plans.
Designed a route linking downtown Milwaukee to the Bay View Neighborhood through the Port of Milwaukee; the 5.6-mile,East River Bikeway in Manhattan, New York; a greenways system plan for the St. Louis metropolitan area; the eight-mile Mississippi River Heritage Trail through Dubuque, Iowa; and system plans for Oakdale and Vadnais Heights, Minnesota, and Eau Claire and Superior, Wisconsin.
Managed citywide park system plans in Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Green Bay and Superior, Wisconsin, Springfield, Missouri, and Vadnais Heights and Oakdale, Minnesota. Helped prepare plans for Lake Minnetonka Regional Park, the Upper Mississippi River parkway extension and the 1200 square mile bi-state open space and greenways network in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
Prepared the Eau Claire River Corridors Plan, the Mississippi River Critical Area Plans for Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center, and played a key role in Above the Falls: The Upper Mississippi River Corridor Master Plan, for Minneapolis.
Prepared neighborhood revitalization plans for the Perdue Square Neighborhood (Pontiac, Michigan), and the Willard-Homewood, Phillips and Whittier Neighborhoods of Minneapolis. Prepared a neighborhoods revitalization strategy for Eau Claire, Wisconsin, that led directly to establishing a public-private, non-profit neighborhood development corporation.
Housing and community development assistance plans by Mr. Weber include two Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategies, a Consolidated Strategy and Plan, a CDBG Plan for Eau Claire, WI., and a Comprehensive Housing Plan for Willmar, Minnesota.
Directed ecologists in preparing the natural resource analysis and policies for several major comprehensive plans. Wrote local regulations for the protection of wetlands, floodplains, shorelands and cultural resources.
Directed the utilities chapter of comprehensive plans. Coordinated utilities staging plans with land use and roadway plans. Managed a regional sewer interceptor plan in Lino Lakes for the Metropolitan Waste Control Commission.
Served as the consulting city planner from 1978 to 1992 for the City of Vadnais Heights; and from 1980 to 1983 for the City of Oakdale. Reviewed all applications for rezoning, land subdivision and commercial or multiple-family residential site plan approval; negotiated changes with applicants; prepared and delivered recommendations to the Planning Commissions and City Councils.
Directed the design, environmental review and approvals process for Astra Village, a 150-acre multiple-use project in Brooklyn Park consisting of 1.9 million square feet of office space, 100,000 square feet of retail space and 950 housing units. Facilitated the entitlements process for a 250-acre residential PUD in Maple Grove for Town & Country Homes, a 200-acre residential PUD in Maple Grove for D.R. Horton, a 225 acre residential PUD in Buffalo for Edina Development Corporation.
Managed or assisted in the preparation of environmental impact statements for I-494, TH 610-252, Minneapolis West River Parkway, TH 14-52 in Rochester, 79th-80th Street in Bloomington, the Savage Fen and Eagle Creek in Savage, Minnesota, a Hennepin County sanitary landfill search, and a 150-acre office park. Managed numerous EAWs for residential and multiple-use developments.
Provided expert witness testimony in cases involving the highest and best use of land and in cases involving municipal detachment or annexation.
Helped build consensus and resolve differences about planning and growth management issues. Prepared and delivered public presentations to elected and appointed officials, members of the public and other interest groups. Led team efforts to build public consensus on difficult policy issues through group discussion, individual consultation, newsletters, focus groups and key-person interviews, nominal-group and similar brainstorming processes, Web sites, project reports, and maps or other graphics. Designed, administered, and analyzed community opinion surveys.
- University of Notre Dame, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
- Michigan State University, Master of Urban and Regional Planning
- Certificate in Real Estate Development, The National Development Council
- Coursework in Real Estate Finance, University of Minnesota Extension Service
Accredidation and Membership
- American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
- Professional Transportation Planner (PTP)