John Southgate, Strategic Partner

John has 35 years of experience in planning and development working in the Portland region and beyond—with a strong focus on public-private partnerships and urban infill. John is committed to fulfilling his clients’ strategic aspirations related to urban, higher density, pedestrian/transit-friendly development.

Most recently, John's work has focused on the successful public-private development offerings that have resulted in major, catalytic new developments. He also provides assistance to jurisdictions in their efforts to “set the table” for aspirational forms of development. This work includes assessing development codes for alignment with a community’s vision and integrating developers’ perspectives into the regulatory environment.

John is a collaborator, striving to find solutions that support the goals of various project stakeholders. John's ability to synthesize multiple perspectives is bolstered by his long-term relationships with numerous elected officials, developers, agency staff, and other decision makers.

John received his Bachelor's degree from the Honors College at the University of Oregon. He serves on Metro’s Transit-Oriented Development Steering Committee and is a regular speaker on panels related to urban development.