Stephen has extensive experience in zoning and land use, sustainability best practice, comprehensive planning, as well as geographic information systems.
Prior to joining Cozen O’Connor, Stephen served as director of planning services at a Washington, D.C.-based boutique real estate firm, and served for nearly 10 years as an urban planner within the District of Columbia government.
From 2008-2010, Stephen worked at the District of Columbia Office of Planning, an agency which guides development in the District while implementing preservation, revitalization, and strategic goals. As a development review specialist, he was responsible for reviewing zoning applications and presented agency recommendations at public meetings. Additionally, he served as core team member of Zoning Regulations Review project, a multi-year effort to comprehensively revise and modernize the zoning regulations of the District. He produced zoning recommendation reports and zoning regulation text, particularly for mixed use, transit-oriented development, and sustainability subject areas. This work would eventually become adopted as “ZR16,” the new zoning regulations of the District, in effect since September 6, 2016.
From 2011-2016, Stephen served at the District of Columbia Office of Zoning (DCOZ), an agency which provides administrative, professional, and technical assistance to the Zoning Commission and the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) in support of their oversight and adjudication of zoning matters in the District of Columbia. Upon joining DCOZ, Stephen worked as a zoning specialist, and eventually senior zoning specialist, where he was responsible for communicating complex technical and regulatory information to a wide range of stakeholders, including applicants, BZA, Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, and the public. In addition to carrying out his explanatory duties, he analyzed and managed hundreds of zoning applications per year, ensuring each complied with applicable procedures and requirements. He also improved the BZA application processes for applicants, and clarified rights and responsibilities for stakeholders, resulting in more-timely and efficient hearings. Additionally, he adapted BZA zoning processes in the Interactive Zoning Information System to conform with ZR16.
Stephen is a member of the American Planning Association, the American Institute of Certified Planners, and the United States Green Building Council.