Meg Nealon, a community planner and landscape architect, has been assisting clients in the public and private sectors with complex planning and design efforts for 25 years. She combines her analytical capabilities and knowledge with experience derived from a wide range of projects, which include plans that define sound public policies, establish regulatory frameworks, convey direction through scenario planning and conceptual design plans, initiate change with effective implementation strategies, and are based on inclusive public engagement programs. For most of her career, she was employed by a nationally recognized land planning and urban design firm. As a partner, she led the firm’s public sector planning practice, which focused on comprehensive land use planning projects, corridor studies, small area plans, open space and public realm master plans, and community design standards. She has also worked with developers, assisting with master planning, entitlements, and due diligence for large-scale mixed-use developments, and she brings this private sector perspective to public sector planning projects. She has served NC communities and the State as a member of a number of boards and commissions, including the North Carolina Board of Landscape Architects (current Chair), Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic District Commission, and the City of Hickory Appearance Commission. Ms. Nealon was graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in 1991 and from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Master of City and Regional Planning in 1998.
People and Places are Intrinsically Linked
The natural and cultural heritage of a place provides the fundamental building blocks to create an authentic place and experience, to stand out, and to be memorable. It is in bringing distinctive attributes to the forefront that a county, city, town or neighborhood can tell its unique story; build community pride; foster a sense of belonging; strengthen community connections; begin to differentiate itself; be competitive; and attract and retain people and organizations. Nealon Planning works with large and small communities to help each recognize its most valuable assets and devise strategies to leverage those assets for economic prosperity.