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Planner Profile: Dominic Mauriello, AICP

Name: Dominic Mauriello, AICP
Title: Principal
Company/Employer: Mauriello Planning Group

Tells us a little about yourself professionally.
I’m a planning and entitlement consultant working primarily in the central mountain region of Colorado. My focus is on helping land owners and developers obtain approvals for complicated redevelopment projects in the mountain resort areas. Before my work in the private sector, I worked as a municipal planner in Colorado and Florida. I have a BA from Virginia Tech in Geography and a MA from the University of Florida in Urban and Regional Planning.

Tell us how you got into planning.
While an undergraduate I wondered what I was going to do with a degree in geography. One of my brothers is/was a city planner and he talked me into looking at planning. I took an instant like to the profession and never looked back.

Tell us a little about yourself outside of planning.
Outside of planning I love to ski, surf, hike, and mountain bike (especially the e-version). I love to travel outside of the US. I spend a lot of time recreating and learn in Europe and Costa Rica.

Who is your planning hero or role model?
I was fortunate enough to be in graduate school with great legends of the planning profession. Dr. Ernest R. Bartley was the first professor I met at UF and became my planning hero. His focus was planning law. Other influential figures include Peggy Braz, AICP who was my first planning boss at the City of Melbourne. She was a huge mentor to me.

What makes planning special/interesting/difficult/fun in Colorado?
I can’t really speak to planning outside of the mountain region but planning here is fun because everyone is here generally for the same reasons and the projects that I work on have positive impacts on the communities we work in. It’s that small town connection. What makes it difficult is that there is a finite amount of private land to work with and many goals that need to be addressed.
 

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