I am a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). From January 2002 until August 2018 I was primarily a self employed planning consultant working with communities across New York State developing comprehensive plans, zoning laws, and other land use policies. In August 2016 I began teaching as an adjunct professor at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Looking for a change from the “always on” lifestyle of self-employment, I began working for Columbia County in August 2018 as the senior planner in their Planning Department.

“Planner? Is that a real job?”

Yes. Yes it is.

I started my adult life as a contractor, building homes for people who wanted a nice house to live in. I view planning as taking that one step further – building nice communities where people can enjoy their lives.

Manorkill Watershed

Manorkill Watershed – Erosion Modeling

I happen to be a planner that specializes in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). I work with government officials, county agencies, and the residents of Columbia County, helping them identify strategies that will in turn help them build a better place to live.

Other pages on this website contain examples of the work I’ve done for many of my clients. There is a news page that contains announcements of my newest clients and projects. I also maintain a blog where I post a variety of articles, usually on the more technical aspects of what I’m working on at any given moment.


Don Meltz, AICP
email: don@donmeltz.com
home office: 518-799-5412
mobile office: 518-929-4806
P. O. Box 205
Columbiaville, NY 12050