Matt Straite is an experienced contract planner whose versatility and expertise has contributed to the daily operations of planning departments throughout the western U.S. Depending upon client and community needs, Matt can serve as a Planning Director or as the Lead Planner on a high-profile development project. He was first drawn to urban planning after discovering how cities evolved over time as a History major in college. Urban planning also provided an outlet for his interests in the graphic arts and photography. Taking a project from germination to construction is one of the most rewarding aspects of his work. Matt's ability to adapt to each client and discern what they need most makes him an invaluable resource. He is adept at navigating conflict and negotiating consensus. His facility with the rules and regulations associated with specific plans, zoning, subdivision maps, general/comprehensive plan amendments, and environmental review and compliance ensure successful planning and design outcomes for the entire community. As Principal of Contract Services, he has the full range of skills and talents available at MIG - planning, design, communications, engineering, environmental review - at his disposal to serve planning agencies of any size and area of jurisdiction.