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Planner Profile: Chapin LaChance, AICP

Name: Chapin LaChance, AICP

Title: Planner II

Company/Employer: Town of Breckenridge

Tells us a little about yourself professionally.
I work in Development Review for the Town of Breckenridge’s Community Development Dept. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture and Master’s Degree in Environmental Planning and Design, both from the University of Georgia. Prior to working for the Town of Breckenridge, I worked for a year as a Planner for Williams and Associates in Athens, GA. preparing development assessment reports for multi-family and mixed use development projects throughout the U.S. I enjoy working on mixed use development and re-development projects that support non-auto centric built environments, and believe that better land use and development planning for reduced vehicular trips and reduced energy consumption is of paramount importance as we face the climate crisis.

Tell us how you got into planning.
I developed a strong interest in planning while earning my bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture, and began to focus my studies on urban design as much as possible while in school. After working for a residential design-build firm in Denver for 3 years, I sought a career in planning in order to increase my involvement in creating healthier, more vibrant, and sustainable communities. I am an idealist and I found planning as a way I could have a positive impact!

Tell us a little about yourself outside of planning.
I backcountry ski, climb rock and ice, and run rivers in my raft. Recent adventures have included skiing Colorado’s 14,000 ft. peaks, an ice climbing road trip around the perimeter of Iceland, and a multi-day rafting trip on the Delores River in western Colorado during peak flow.

Who is your planning hero or role model?
Ian McHarg

What makes planning special/interesting/difficult/fun in Colorado?
Mountain town planning in Colorado is interesting to me because there is generally a common appreciation among the people for the sense of place, whether we are balancing needs for historic preservation and new development, luxury housing and workforce housing, or conservation and development.

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