Working for a Houston-based planning firm on behalf of a private industrial client, Ms. Donatto (now a partner at Anthem, LLC) acted as Project Manager on a successful appeal to the City of Houston for the amount of fee charged due to a miscalculation of impervious cover. Ms. Donatto prepared and presented information to the appeals committee resulting in a net savings of over $75,000 per year in fees for the Client.
Ms. Donatto was responsible for the design of the response template in Adobe InDesign, coordination of a six-member national team, organizing and defining team roles and responsibilities, and development of thirty pages of original content regarding the Team’s strategic approach including the topics of: urban planning, zoning, transportation/ mobility, geographic information systems (GIS), public outreach planning, and economic development policy.
The Houston-Galveston Area Council conducted a series of Strategic Planning Initiatives to provide funding and planning assistance to areas in order for those areas to evaluate how they would best implement the Regional Transportation Plan. As a sub-consultant to AECOM with another firm, Ms. Donatto (now a partner at Anthem, LLC) was responsible for overseeing Transportation Modeling, Land Use Scenario Development, and Implementation Strategy.
The context of the deannexation was complex and required in-depth research on historic property values and projected future property values under multiple possible scenarios. The property in question was undeveloped and in the City of Houston city limits but located directly adjacent to the developed property in an Industrial District Agreement (IDA) area- technically, the City of Houston’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.