Nicole Hostettler

Nicole Hostettler

Philadelphia, PA, US



Dedicated and experienced planner seeking opportunity to incrementally improve the local and global community.



Cherry Hill Township: Department of Community Development, Cherry Hill, NJ, US, Senior Planner

 Project manager and main author of comprehensive zoning code rewrite, modernizing 55 various articles into 12 inclusive articles that includes progressive landscaping, stormwater management design standards and alternative energy regulation at a savings to the Township in excess of $100,000 by utilizing my knowledge of the existing zoning and land use, as well as analyzing emerging trends in zoning and planning and completing it in-house.

 Completed multiple plans (master plans, sustainability plan, corridor studies, etc.) from initial research, public input, to implementation, as well as multiple reports, white papers and policy recommendations as requested by Town Council and the Mayor, which conveyed complicated concepts in easy-to-understand images and graphics.

 Instituted and streamlined thorough review process of site and subdivision plans for Planning and Zoning Board members that included better design, best practice examples, green building applications and more efficient land use.

 Authored various award-winning grant applications for planning and construction projects, while maintaining an existing workload with 2/3 reduced staff.

 Negotiated and collaborated with developers and stakeholders for improved site layout and design by focusing on the common goals of both parties.

Aug 2003 - Feb 2012

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Philadelphia, PA, US, Planner

 Conducted research and wrote transportation studies, mainly bicycle and pedestrian plans.

 Produced study of pedestrian conditions along Butler Pike within six months of starting date.

 Coordinated community outreach and planning with three ‘Share the Road’ corridors.

Jan 2001 - Aug 2002


Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, US, Masters, City & Regional Planning

Sep 1999 - May 2001

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, US, Bachelors, B.A. of Geography

Overseas Study Program (Environmental Planning); Curitiba, Parana, Brazil; 1996

Sep 1993 - May 1997


American Planning Association National Planning Award: Best Grassroots Intiative for Lower Italian Market Plan, Award

The PSCA Planning Committee applied for and won a grant from the City of Philadelphia’s Neighborhood Transformation Initiative to study and provide options for revitalizing the Lower Italian Market. The study area centered on South 9th Street from Washington to Wharton, extending to 8th Street to the east and 10th Street to the west. PSCA hired Interface Studio LLC and Econsult Corporation to prepare the Lower Italian Market Revitalization Project.

The neighborhood’s vision for the corridor is to promote and improve conditions for existing businesses, while attracting new development to create a vibrant street life for businesses, residents, and visitors. The Plan addresses green elements, public art, and contemporary concepts that specifically apply to this dense urban area

The American Planning Association (APA) has selected the Lower Italian Market Revitalization Project for its 2009 National Planning Excellence Award for a Grassroots Initiative. APA’s national awards program, the profession’s highest honor, recognizes outstanding community plans, planning programs and initiatives, public education efforts, and individuals for their leadership on planning issues. The plan was featured in the April 2009 edition of Planning magazine. More information about the award and a short video about the plan can be found here:



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