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Donald Burns

Donald Burns

Adjunct Instructor

Donald Burns, AICP, FTA Community Planner: Donald Burns is the Director of Planning and Program Development for the Federal Transit Administration, Region 2 office (FTA). Mr. Burns began his FTA career in 1999 as a community planner.  He has worked on some the of region’s largest projects including the Fulton Street Transit Center EIS, South Ferry Terminal Station EA, Northern Branch Corridor project, and Access to the Region’s Core, and World Trade Center Permanent PATH Station.

Donald Burns has earned a BA of Public Affairs from SUNY-Albany in 1988. In 1993, he earned a Masters of Urban Planning from CUNY-Hunter College. From 1991 to 1998, he worked as a planner for the Office of the Bronx Borough President where he worked on land use and transportation issues.

Mr. Burns was a board member and is a Past- resident of the American Panning Association’s New York Metro Chapter.  He was on the board of the Neighborhood Open Space Coalition, and served as Secretary of the Montessori Day School of Brooklyn.  Mr. Burns is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners since 1998.

Currently Teaching

Affordable Housing Land Use

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Navigating Zoning, Land Use, and Development Planning

Examine land use and environmental regulations that affect real estate development and identify opportunities they create.