Benjamin Rohr, AICP

Benjamin Rohr is an Assistant Planner at Vandewalle & Associates, and works on a variety of Growth Management projects. It is his personal goal to help communities better plan and understand systems. “I want to push for a more sustainable future,” Ben explains, “to help communities see that planning for infrastructure, for health, for environment, and for economy are not separate ideas; these can and should all happen together.”

Since joining V&A, Ben has worked on or been the project manager for three full zoning ordinance rewrites, several minor zoning ordinance updates for our municipal planning clients, over ten Comprehensive Plan updates, two Park and Open Space Plan updates, four Housing Affordability Reports, and an Urban Service Area Amendment, among others.

Prior to joining V&A, Ben worked as a Land Use Planner for Region 1 Planning Council in Rockford, IL where he focused on both short- and long-range land use planning projects including a full rewrite of the Boone County Comprehensive Plan, the City of Loves Park Comprehensive Plan, and the Rockford Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Study. Ben also worked as a Planner/GIS Specialist for Southwestern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission in Platteville, WI, and held multiple planning internships during undergraduate and graduate school at the City of West Allis, Southwestern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, and the City of Janesville.

In all of these roles, Ben has worked to actively foster public engagement, more efficiently integrate government systems, and establish links between planning, public health, sustainability, and equity. He is passionate about utilizing planning to make smarter decisions, effectively leverage available assets, and better the community as a whole.

Education

Masters of Urban Planning
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI                                               

Bachelors of Science in Geography
Minor in Urban and Area Development
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI