Jo advises clients involved in complex development projects including all aspects of public outreach and advocacy of project proposals before stakeholder groups, agency staff, and elected officials. Her practice centers on bringing development from concept to reality through appropriate feasibility analyses, attaining permits from local, state and federal agencies, and incorporating integrative processes for design, goal setting, establishment of milestones, documentation tracking, and quality control. She excels at gaining approvals from various City Councils for rezones, annexations, and conditional use permits and has 20 years of experience securing entitlement, development, and construction permits for residential, commercial, mixed use, and industrial development projects. Some of her most notable project work has included Columbia Tech Center in the City of Vancouver, King County Housing Authority’s Park Lake Homes II (Greenbridge) in King County, Snoqualmie Mill in the City of Snoqualmie, Suncadia in Kittitas County, and Tehaleh (Cascadia) in Pierce County.
In addition, Jo was responsible for preparing and submitting 26 Requests for Site Specific Urban Grown Boundary Expansions to the Clark County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), which required in-depth research, compelling documentation, and numerous presentations. All of these requests, totaling 1,200 acres and 120 parcels, obtained approval from the BOCC for their 2006 Comprehensive Plan Update.
Jo leads project development meetings with clients and consultants to define project goals and strategic objectives by creating program design, establishing critical paths, and assigning action items to drive project success. She routinely coordinates feasibility studies to ensure project viability by performing risk assessments and due diligence and is skilled at reviewing consultants' reports and plan sets to ensure compliance with client-defined goals, as well as agency requirements. She has prepared over 40 Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments, dozens of Environmental Checklists (SEPA / NEPA), and written scores of project narratives to support proposed action by demonstrating compliance with applicable local, state, and federal codes, laws, ordinances, and related court cases.
Green Building Certification Institute
LEED Green Associate
American Institute of Certified Planners
American Planning Association
Member of APA’s Washington State Chapter