SmartPreservation.net is edited by Rick Pruetz, FAICP with the help of countless planners, journalists, elected officials and preservation activists. Following a 20-year career as a planner in both the public and private sector, Rick started his own consulting practice, Planning & Implementation Strategies, which specializes in transfer of development rights (TDR) workshops, studies and ordinances. In addition, Rick has explored open space success stories from around the nation and has written a book on his findings to be published by the American Planning Association’s Planners Press in early 2012. Rick, whose resume appears below, can be reached at Rickpruetz@outlook.com.
Rick Pruetz, FAICP
Planning & Implementation Strategies
Qualifications and Experience
General Planning Experience
Rick Pruetz has a Master of Urban Planning degree and 32 years of planning experience. From 1999 to the present, he has been a self-employed planning consultant specializing in transfer of development rights, or TDR. He has made over 70 presentations on TDR in 26 states as well as Australia, Canada and Mexico. He has written TDR studies and/or ordinances for over 30 communities in ten states including Livermore, California, Santa Fe County, New Mexico and Gunnison County, Colorado. From 1985 to 1999, he worked for the City of Burbank, California, serving first as the City Planner and then as Chief Assistant Community Development Director. Prior to Burbank, he worked as a planner for the City of Waukesha, Wisconsin and as a project planner for the planning/engineering firm of Camp Dresser & McKee. In 2004, he was inducted into the American Institute of Certified Planners College of Fellows.
Lasting Value: Open Space Planning and Preservation Successes. Planners Press. Scheduled for Publication: Early 2012.
The TDR Handbook: Designing and Implementing Transfer of Development Rights Programs. With Arthur C. Nelson and Doug Woodruff. Island Press, Scheduled for Publication: October 2011, 375 pages.
Beyond Takings and Givings: Saving Natural Areas, Farmland and Historic Landmarks with Transfer of Development Rights and Density Transfer Charges, Arje Press, 2003, 500 pages.
Saved By Development: Preserving Environmental Areas, Farmland and Historic Landmarks With Transfer of Development Rights, Arje Press, 1997, 436 pages.
Putting Transfer of Development Rights to Work in California, Solano Press Books, 1993, 222 pages.
Other Selected TDR Publications
“Transfer of Development Rights” in Stephen Coyle, (Editor): Sustainable and Resilient Communities: A Comprehensive Action Plan for Towns, Cities, and Regions. John Wiley & Sons. 2011.
“TDR-Less TDR Revisited: Transfer of Development Rights Innovations and Gunnison County’s Residential Density Transfer Program,” with Mike Pelletier and Christopher Duerksen, PAS Memo, (American Planning Association), May-June 2010.
“Is Your Community TDR-Ready?” with Noah Standridge, Zoning Practice, (American Planning Association), September 2009.
“What Makes Transfer of Development Rights Work? – Success Factors From Research and Practice”, with Noah Standridge, Journal of the American Planning Association, Winter 2009.
“Planners’ experiences in managing growth using transferable development rights (TDR) in the United States”, with Michael D. Kaplowitz and Patricia Machemer, Land Use Policy, July 2008.
“Transfer of Development Rights Turns 40” with Erica Pruetz, Planning & Environmental Law, (American Planning Association), June 2007.
“TDR to the Rescue”, Planning, (American Planning Association), February 2007.
“Making TDR Work for You”, The Commissioner, (American Planning Association), Winter 2005.
TDRs and Other Market-Based Land Mechanisms: How They Work and Their Role in Shaping Metropolitan Growth, with William Fulton, Jan Mazurek and Chris Williamson, The Brookings Institution, June 2004.
“TDR-Less TDR: A Transfer of Development Rights Approach That ‘Custom Fits’ Transactions”, PAS Memo, (American Planning Association), August 2002.
“Putting Growth In Its Place, With Transfer of Development Rights”, Planning Commissioners Journal, Summer 1998.
“Transfer of Development Rights Turns 30”, California Planner, (American Planning Association – California Chapter), May-June 1998.
“Viewpoint” (on the effect of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Suitum decision on TDR), Planning, American Planning Association, January 1998.
July 25, 2011