Michael Blue, FAICP – Principal
Mr. Blue has a unique background working in both the public and private sectors of the planning profession. Having started his career as a consultant, he worked extensively in the broad policy areas of comprehensive and special area planning, development land use and economic impacts, commercial district planning, and public participation. After more than a decade, he moved to the public sector and spent the next 15 years working as a community development department manager, where his focus shifted to the day to day operations of development approval, economic development, managing public commission processes, personnel, and municipal governance. Having now returned to consulting, this diverse background affords Mr. Blue a wide-ranging perspective when conducting planning assignments, allowing him to appreciate the varied viewpoints of multiple stakeholders, and to understand how they apply to any given situation or issue.
Prior to joining Teska Associates in 2013, for eleven years Mr. Blue was the Director of Community Development in Highland Park, IL. There he managed a department of 30 staff and focused on long range planning, review and approval of proposed development projects, permit approval, and support of City Council and Commission activities. The Department served nine City Commissions addressing the issues of development, housing, historic preservation, cultural arts, and the natural environment. While in Highland Park, Mr. Blue managed the passage and implementation of the City’s affordable housing ordinance. Before his position in Highland Park, Mr. Blue served as Deputy Community Development Director in the Village of Mount Prospect, IL for five years, managing staff in day to day operations related to planning, building permits and code enforcement.
Mr. Blue is actively involved in the local and national leadership of the American Planning Association and is currently the Planning Officials Development Officer for the IL – APA. In this role he has been a leader in developing a curriculum for training Plan Commissioners throughout the State; a program for which he and others received the organization’s 2013 Distinguished Service Award. In 2008 Michael was selected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners and he regularly speaks at local, state, and national conferences on a range of planning themes, most recently on topics related to the development approval process, economic development, and local government organizational management. He also has been a guest lecturer at a number of university classes on topics ranging from the development approval process to affordable housing.
College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP)
American Planning Association (APA)
Lambda Alpha Economics Society
Planning Officials Development Officer for the Illinois Chapter of the APA.