Board of Directors
  Senior Fellows:
  Joel Kotkin
  Randy Jackson
  Steve PonTell
  Roger Selbert

Randy Jackson

Randal W. Jackson holds the positions of President and Principal-in-Charge of Design Services. With his more than 31 years of experience in land planning and design, Randy conceives and develops unique land use and community concepts for award-winning communities built around and integrating transportation, open space, park and recreation systems. He currently oversees projects in California, Utah, and Colorado. He has led major planning projects in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, and South Carolina. Randy's current projects include: Kennecott Strategic Development Plan for the 100,000-acre Oquirrh Mountain project site in Utah; the Westfields Annexation Master Plan in Springville, Utah; and redevelopment planning for several cities in Orange County.

Recently, articles featuring Randy and The Planning Center's "Suburban Villages" concept have appeared in the L.A. Times, Orange County Register, Builder/Architect, California Real Estate Journal, the Redevelopment Journal (publication of the California Redevelopment Agency), Corporate Real Estate Executive, Professional Builder, and Multi-Family Executive.

Randy has a wide range of community design and landscape architecture experience with both public and private concerns throughout the western and southwestern United States and the Pacific Basin. He served as Chairman on a 13-member Urban Design Commission that was appointed by the Pima County, Arizona Board of Supervisors. Randy has also been responsible for developing unique transportation- and pedestrian-oriented communities in California, Washington and Arizona. He also prepared conceptual designs for integrating multi-modal transportation designs into five existing communities in San Diego County as part of the San Diego Growth Management Strategy proposed by the San Diego Association of Governments. He assisted in the preparation of the award-winning manual for planning practitioners that addressed the topic of Land Use, Transportation and Air Quality Design Tools (prepared for San Bernardino County).

Randy serves as a lecturer at the University of California Irvine (UCI) Extension and Riverside Extension for courses in both Air Quality and Planning. He also taught a Large Project Planning and Cost Elements course as part of the Planning Certification Program at UC Irvine Extension and teaches the Land Development Course for the Graduate Students, Urban and Regional Planning, Social Ecology at UCI. In addition, Randy has served as an Expert Witness on cases regarding the impact of land taking and severance as it relates to community development. Notable cases include the Domenigoni Reservoir, which resulted in a $46,000,000 settlement in Hemet, California, and the 1580 condemnation case in Reno, Nevada.

Prior to joining The Planning Center, Randy resided in Hawaii where he served as Special Projects Manager to the Chairman of the Board of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, establishing a statewide trail and access program.

A small sampling of Randy's experience includes:

  • Oquirrh Mountain Master Plan, Salt Lake County, Utah (in process)
  • Centennial Specific Plan, County of Los Angeles, CA (in process)
  • Tejon Ranch Planning, Kern County, California (in process)
  • Newhall Ranch Company, Santa Clarita County, California
  • Bighorn Links Championship Golf Course
  • Temecula General Plan
  • City of Tracy General Plan
  • Town of Marana, General Plan, Marana, Arizona
  • Adelanto General Plan/Strategic Services, Adelanto
  • MCAS Tustin Reuse Plan/Specific Plan, Tustin
  • Wood Ranch Specific Plan, Simi Valley
  • Santa Nella Specific Plan, Merced County
  • Audie Murphy Ranch Specific Plan, County of Riverside
  • Beach Boulevard Entertainment Corridor Specific Plan, Buena Park
  • Harbor Corridor Specific Plan, Garden Grove
  • Media District Specific Plan, Burbank

Randy is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Building Industry of America, and the American Society of Landscape Architects. He is currently teaching a course in "Community Design" at the University of California, Irvine.

Randy Jackson, ASLA
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