Gretchen Armijo

Gretchen Armijo

Summary

To add value to an organization with my passion for urban planning and sustainable design, my public sector experience in land use planning and transit-oriented development, and my track record of delivering completed projects.

Work History

Work History
May 2006 - Jul 2008

Principal Planner

City of Aurora, CO

Senior-level planner for city of 300,000 adjacent to Denver:

  • Managed project teams for large developments, including mixed-use transit-oriented urban development with new light rail station.  Successfully obtained design improvements for more sustainable projects.
  • Planning liaison on project team for RTD light rail "Fastracks" expansion into city.  Made specific design recommendations to transit engineers for station and track locations, given existing constraints and planning opportunities.
  • Managed numerous projects including retail, residential, commercial and industrial development applications.
  • Negotiated with developers to voluntarily include sustainable features in new developments, such as green roofs, pedestrian connections, access to transit.
  • Interpreted complex city zoning and subdivision codes, comprehensive plans and design districts and presented recommendations to City Planning Commission and City Mayor and Council in public hearings.
  • Created digital presentation format and trained Planning staff in use of Powerpoints at public hearings.
  • Software experience includes ARC GIS, DMS Stellent workflow system, Microsoft Office suite.

Select projects include:

Metro Center:  70-acre mixed use transit-oriented development, with new light rail station and several million feet of residential, retail, and office space.

High Point Conference Center:  470 room hotel and conference facility in business park near future commuter rail.

Village at City Center:  350+ new apartments in 4-story buildings with structured parking within downtown area.  Obtained first green roofs in City of Aurora.

Furniture Row distribution center:  625,000sf warehouse (largest building in city) on major interstate.

 Waterstone: 180 single-family lots on 56 acres with creek protection and integration into open space.

 Ronald McDonald House:  new 50-room facility in proximity to Denver Children’s Hospital.

Mar 2001 - Apr 2006

Planner II

Douglas County, CO

Professional urban planner for one of fastest-growing counties in U.S. :

  • Led project teams for caseload of varied development applications including retail, residential, industrial, and commercial developments.
  • Managed development team for first landfill-to-park reclamation in County.
  • Negotiated with developers to achieve successful design and site planning, in accordance with County master plan, zoning and subdivision resolutions.
  • Co-authored "Recreation & Tourism Master Plan"  for County Comprehensive Plan.  Convened technical advisory committee, conducted field research, hosted public meetings.
  • Presented development applications at public hearings to County Commissioners.

 Select projects include:

Lorenz Park: I managed the entitlement process for the first landfill-to-park conversion in the County. The 100-acre project won Merit Award for Land Stewardship Design from ASLA, and was showcased in Public Works Magazine.

Bears Den:575-acre rural cluster subdivision, protecting natural features including creek, hillsides, major elk and deer habitat corridors, wildfire mitigation.

Douglas County Comprehensive Master Plan: Recreation & Tourism: co-authored new element of county master plan including all research, citizen advisory committee, public open houses, recommendation to Planning Commission. Project was showcased by Colorado APA at annual state convention.

Cherry Hills Community Church:several expansions of 66-acre megachurch site. 

Education

Education
Sep 1980 - May 1984

B.A.

Wilson College
  • GPA:  3.3
  • Cum Laude and Honors in the Major
  • Delegate, "Student Conference on United States Affairs", USMA, West Point, NY, 1982
  • Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges, 1983-84
  • Outstanding Young Women of America, 1983. 

Publications

Skills

Skills

DMS Stellent workflow system

database and project management software

ARC GIS

able to create basic maps for planning analysis and design 

Microsoft Office Suite

thoroughly experienced with Word, Xcel, Powerpoint, Outlook.

Project Management

Presentation Skills

extensive experience speaking at public hearings, neighborhood meetings, technical advisory committees, task forces. 

Certifications

Certifications
2004 - Present

AICP

American Institute of Certified Planners
2008 - Present

LEED® AP

Green Building Certification Institute