Ellen McCarthy

Ellen McCarthy has more than 35 years of experience in the field of urban planning, with a focus on zoning, neighborhood planning, and historic preservation.

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From 1999-2007, she served in the District of Columbia Office of Planning first as Deputy Director of Land Use Review and as Director of Planning. Under her leadership and guidance, the District of Columbia approved a new Comprehensive Plan for the urban growth as well as hundreds of zoning cases associated with complex, mixed-use, transit-oriented development and historic preservation projects. Ellen's work in both the public and private sectors provides unique insight into the goals and objectives of diverse stakeholders active in the urban planning and development process. Whether gaining approval of land entitlement, engaging in public hearings or overcoming community conflict, Ellen has directly engaged the DC Zoning Commission, the Historic Preservation Review Board and the Board of Zoning Adjustment on numerous planned unit developments, re-zonings, variances, special exceptions, street and alley closings, roof structure reviews, downtown development district compliance and transfers of development rights, as well as federal land use, preservation, and environmental reviews. Master of City Planning, Harvard University B.A. Phi Beta Kappa, University of Maryland