Heather Szapary

Heather Szapary

Heather Szapary

Email Address heather@szaparystrategies.com

Website http://szaparystrategies.com/

Position or Title Principle Planner

Professional Biography Heather Szapary, LLC is a New Orleans-based, woman-owned, planning firm that has specialized in sustainable practices since 2003. The firm focuses equally on social, economic, environmental and education issues, and consistently provides meeting facilitation services to architects, engineers, government agencies and non-profit organizations. The firm is attracted to projects that demand conflict resolution and consensus building techniques. In 2008, the firm was contracted to facilitate 7 public meetings for St. Bernard Parish participants of a U.S. EPA effort to reduce pollution problems in the areas of air quality, water quality and land use. The first task was to seek agreement among all stakeholders (citizens, businesses, state environmental agencies) on what the main pollution problems were and how to prioritize addressing each problem. The firm also facilitates planning processes for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation regarding land use and environmental issues. As Principle Planner and member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Heather Szapary is skilled in meeting facilitation, land use planning, citizen participation, open space planning, environmental program creation, management and implementation, strategic visioning, technical writing and public outreach services. Ms. Szapary has 15 years of professional experience working on projects that reconnect people to their communities and improve their quality of life.

Address Line 1 626 Elmira Ave

City New Orleans

State Louisiana

Zip 70114-1241

Phone 5042595331

Small Business No

GSA Schedule Provider No

Federal Employee No

Native Dispute Resolution Network No

Total Cases Last 10 Years 17

ECR Services Provided

Facilitation of Collaboration or Conflict Resolution EffortEPA's CARE for St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana2008
Public Engagement/Public InputUnified New Orleans Plan2007
Joint Fact Finding/Neutral EvaluationBayou St. John Comprehensive Management Plan Process2006
Process DesignPontchartrain Beach Preferred Redevelopment2004

Case Experience by Subject Matter

Environmental HealthEPA's CARE for St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana2008
Environmental JusticeEPA's CARE for St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana2008
Pesticides and/or Toxic SubstancesEPA's CARE for St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana2008
Transportation and Urban Infrastructure GeneralUnified New Orleans Plan2007
Land Use, Growth Management, Sustainable DevelopmentUnified New Orleans Plan2007
Public lands issues Including use and AccessBayou St. John Comprehensive Management Plan Process2006
Watershed Management and/or PlanningBayou St. John Comprehensive Management Plan Process2006
Parks and Refuge IssuesPontchartrain Beach Preferred Redevelopment2004
FloodplainOrleans Coastal Zone Management and Protection2004
Wetlands and/or EstuariesOrleans Coastal Zone Management and Protection2004
Coastal Zone and/or Marine Management IssuesOrleans Coastal Zone Management and Protection2004
Environmental Enforcement and PermittingOrleans Coastal Zone Management and Protection2004

Type of Public Decision

PlanningUnified New Orleans Plan2007
Implementation/monitoring agreementsBayou St. John Comprehensive Management Plan Process2006
Siting and ConstructionPontchartrain Beach Preferred Redevelopment2004

Process Support Services

Meeting Support
Support ServiceCaseYear
Logistical and administrative support (organizing logistics for meetings, notetaking, etc.)Refinery Roundtable Meeting2010
Experience in a team of multiple ECR ProfessionalsRefinery Roundtable Meeting2010
Collaborative Technologies
Collaborative TechnologyCaseYear
Decision Analysis/Decision Support/Modeling (e.g., spatial analysis, multi-criteria discussion support, scenario planning, charettes)Unified New Orleans Plan2007

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