Nick Schmidt, Aicp

Work History

Work History
Dec 2009 - Jan 2011

Associate Planner

Professional Engineering Consultants P.A.
  • Significant contributions in a variety of planning projects including:
    • Streetscape Design Guidelines: City of Wichita, KS
    • Transportation Access Management Plan: US-36 Kansas Department of Transportation
    • Environmental Assessment: US-69 Realignment.  Kansas Department of Transportation (project lead)
    • GIS Database Updates and Mapmaking: Wichita Bridge Inspections Updates.  City of Wichita, KS
    • Sketchup lllustration: Commerce Street and St. Francis Street Road Improvements. City of Wichita, KS
  • Wrote the entire US-69 environmental assessment for 20 mile road realignment area on a hard deadline without any data provided by the client.
  • Created GIS database for 40 square mile study area utilizing data from other unrelated projects.
  • Took initiative, purchased several how-to manuals, and taught myself every unfamiliar type of environmental analysis. This included floodplain impacts, water quality, archaeology, vegetation and wildlife, wetlands, construction impacts / mitigative measures, and permits.
  • Supervisor very impressed that project was completed on time and within budget.
  • Took initiative and quickly taught myself MicroStation to assist engineers on other projects.
Jul 2005 - May 2009

Project Planner

Planning Resources Inc.
  • Significant contributions in a variety of planning projects including:
    • Comprehensive Plans: Villages of Hampshire and Lake in the Hills, IL
    • Open Space Master Plans: Sugar Grove and South Elgin Park Districts
    • Stormwater Analysis: Village of Frankfort, IL
    • Zoning Ordinance Updates: Villages of Franklin Park and Hampshire, IL
    • Landscape Ordinances /Guidelines: Villages of Manhattan, Minooka and Montgomery, IL
    • Visual Preference Surveys: Commercial Design Guidelines.  Village of Burlington, IL
    • Site Impact Analysis: Algonquin Performing Arts Center, Algonquin, IL
    • Residential Lot Standards: Village of Tinley Park, IL
    • Environmental Survey Requests (ESRs): Kane County and Lake County DOTs
    • Environmental Class Action of Determination (ECAD): I-94 Illinois Tollway Authority
  • Conducted site, architectural, and/or landscape plan review for 13 communities. Included review of +170 project sites in a variety of zoning districts, from .1 to +300 acres in urban and rural settings.
  • Utilized a variety of facilitation skills working with developer and public sector staff through all phases of the development process.
  • Demonstrated competency juggling 13 different sets of municipal codes, comprehensive plans, and guidelines, preparing review memos according to each client's plan interpretation.
  • Created and maintained database to track status of all plan reviews. Results decreased time for communities to process development applications.
  • Exceeded job responsibilities leading book discussion on public speaking skills. Management was very impressed with initiative and introduced a bi-monthly staff lunch for rehearsing mock presentations. Utilized 12 years of award-winning public speaking experience to identify and remedy problems in co-worker's presentations. Motivation and leadership increased staff's confidence in public speaking.
Dec 2004 - Jul 2005

Support Associate

Sears National Parts Sourcing Center
  • Demontrated superior conflict resolution skills helping furious customers and inexperienced technicians locating home appliance parts.
  • Third highest daily average productivity rate in office of +100 by second month on job, highest overall productivity rate by fourth month on job.
  • Newest associate ever to be selected for ISO 9001:2000 Internal Auditor training after 1 month on job. Selected for auditing top management processes in office. Audit report praised by ISO management as most detailed and comprehensive audit for top management ever.
May 2003 - May 2004

Planning Intern

Naperville Park District
  • Designed internet maps of various parks including the Naperville Riverwalk using ArcGIS and Adobe Illustrator. Graphic design skills increased number of website visitors.
  • Created native planting interpretative signage at Sindt Woods and Wildflower Park.
  • Updated entire park district GIS network and prepared special maps for police staff.
  • Researched planning, engineer, and survey plat information for new park developments in Naperville, incorporated data into Microsoft Access for use by planning staff.
  • Two separate internships: May-August 2003, January-May 2004
Sep 2003 - Dec 2003

GIS Technician / Intern

Champaign County Regional Planning Commission
  • First undergraduate student chosen for team to create county-wide GIS system.
  • Verified orthophotography in ArcGIS using monument records, plats, and GPS data.
Jan 2003 - Oct 2003

Research Assistant-GIS Analyst

National Atmosopheric Deposition Program
  • Prepared maps identifying road conditions at ±300 testing sites in North America.
  • Incorporated statistics such as regressions and standard deviation into maps. Supervisor very impressed with much higher degree of data accuracy.
  • Employed February - May 2003 then August - October 2003.
Mar 2003 - May 2003

Transportation Planning Intern

Urbana City Council
  • Created residential/commercial surveys measuring support for proposed light rail system.
  • Reduced survey distribution costs to $0 leading volunteer campaign to distribute surveys.
  •  Incorporated data into fiscal impact analysis for separate economic development project.
Jun 2000 - Aug 2000

Student Intern

Illinois State Treasurer
  • Utilized MS Access creating statewide database of all media contacts for public relations staff.
  • Exceeded taks organizing data by county to help reduce travel expenses.
  • Expanded on skills creating labor and business databases for legal and special events taff.
  • Promoted Unclaimed Property Program at county fairs in Northeastern Illinois.