About the Author

David T. Whitaker, AICP is a transportation and comprehensive planning professional, currently serving as Chief of Comprehensive Planning for Frederick County Division of Planning and Permitting. Formerly Director of Grants and Staff Development, Deputy Director of Infrastructure Planning and Manager of Transportation Planning for MDP from 2000 through 2015. He co-managed the development of the annual Public School Construction Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and managed transportation planning and coordinating functions for regional metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and staffed several major state transportation projects.

Prior to joining MDP, David worked for Frederick County Department of Planning as Principal Planner in charge of land use. In this capacity in the 1990’s he helped to develop comprehensive plans for the Brunswick Region, Adamstown Region, Burkittsville and Emmitsburg. He was also employed as Senior Transportation Planner for Loudoun County, VA, Planner & Assistant Zoning Administrator for the City of Frederick, Researcher for the National Association of Counties, and Transportation Planning Intern for the District of Columbia Office of Planning. He is a member of the American Associate of Certified Planners (AICP) and the Transportation Research Board (TRB), and holds a Master of Community Planning and Bachelor of Science in Geography (Transportation) from the University of Maryland College Park.

Specialties: transportation policy; comprehensive planning; sustainable infrastructure investments; bicycle, pedestrian and transit planning; regional MPO process and coordination; school planning and location; community growth analysis and transportation scenario planning.

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Livable Frederick: A New and Dynamic Approach to Comprehensive Planning

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Complete Town Planning – The Energy Element

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