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Friday, March 20, 2015

Christopher Spencer, Director of Planning for the City of Albany to address Albany Roundtable - 4/8/15

Christopher Spencer, Director of Planning for the city of Albany will address the Albany Roundtable luncheon on Wednesday, April 8 at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany.  This luncheon is sponsored by NAI Platform.

In December 2014, Mayor Sheehan announced the start of ReZone Albany -- a major initiative to update the city’s antiquated Zoning Code. This two-year effort will streamline procedures for project development and promote sustainable design.  The existing Zoning Code, all corresponding laws, environmental and development regulations, along with sustainable and conservation practices, will be reviewed and combined into one consolidated Unified Sustainable Development Ordinance (USDO).

“NAI Platform is pleased to provide our support to the efforts of the city of Albany to spread the word about ReZone Albany,” said Felton McLaughlin, associate broker for NAI Platform. “This is the first time in 50 years that the city has performed a comprehensive updating of its zoning laws. This effort will be educating all citizens as to what sort of development is desired in every neighborhood, as well as clearly identifying what would not be a good fit. This clarity should streamline the development process and hopefully encourage additional investment activity. We are delighted to sponsor the upcoming Albany Roundtable presentation by Chris Spencer.”

Spencer was named Director of Planning for the city of Albany in September 2014.  He previously served as a campus planner at the University at Albany and prior to that, as a town planner for Tiverton, Rhode Island.  He received a bachelor's of science degree in historic preservation from Roger Williams University (Bristol, RI) and and a master's degree in city planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA), where he focused on city design and development. Spencer is also on the Board of Directors of the Albany County Land Bank Corporation

The cost for the luncheon is $20. The Roundtable also offers its guests the option of paying in advance with a credit card at or paying at the door. The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. Reservations for the April 8 luncheon are required by Monday, April 6 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling 518-431-1400 (the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by sending an e-mail to