Don Meltz AICP is the principal planner and owner of Don Meltz Planning and GIS. My work focuses on rural communities and non-profit organizations that need access to GIS capabilities and other technical aspects of the planning process. My experience includes assembling, editing, analyzing, and presenting geographic information; performing advanced geospatial analysis, build-out analysis, viewshed analysis, watershed modeling, cartography, and web-mapping; conducting public workshops and focus groups, developing and analyzing both online and mail surveys, interviewing government officials and residents, and writing reports and comprehensive plans. (Printable Resume: Resume.pdf)
I have a Masters Degree in Regional Planning (MRP) from the University at Albany, SUNY. My course work at The University at Albany focused on two areas —
- The unique challenges facing small towns and rural areas.
- How GIS technology can help planners and town officials make informed decisions.
Courses completed include —
- Planning History and Philosophy
- Urban and Metropolitan Structure and Function
- Statistical Methods for Planning
- Comprehensive Planning Process
- Planning Law
- Small Town and Rural Planning
- Environmental Planning
- Geographic Information Systems
- GIS Applications
- Land Conservation
- Planning Studio – Survey of Vacant Buildings in Albany NY
- Independent Study – mapping the farmland resources in the lower Hudson River Valley using GIS
- Final research paper – Watershed Planning and GIS: The influence of geographic information systems on the watershed planning process
I also have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Franklin Pierce College, NH. My course work at FPC focused on environmental biology.