Donald Poland


Mr. Poland is a professional planner and geographer with over seventeen years’ experience in land use planning, neighborhood redevelopment, and executive level management. He has worked in public, private, non‐profit, and academic sectors as a municipal planning director, planning consultant, as executive director of a non‐profit neighborhood reinvestment corporation, and as an instructor in planning and urban geography. Mr. Poland has been accepted as an expert witness in the areas of land use planning and neighborhood redevelopment in the United States District Court e f
for the Eastrn District of Louisiana. He is aull‐time member of faculty at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), as an Instructor in the Department of Geography.
Mr. Poland founded Connecticut Planning and Development, LLC. (CPD) in 2004 as a consulting practice. CPD clients include private developers, government agencies, and non‐profit organizations. Recent projects include post‐Katrina planning, land use, and redevelopment strategies in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana: HUD NSP‐2 application services for Venango County, Pennsylvania: and land use administration review services for the Town of Salisbury, Connecticut.
Mr. Poland previously held the position of Director of Planning and Development for the Town of East Windsor. As Director, he reorganized the planning, zoning, wetlands, building, and economic development departments into one agency, facilitated the creation of the Town’s Plan of Conservation & Development and drafted a comprehensive rewrite of the zoning regulations. As a dedicated professional and leader, Mr. Poland is Past President of the CT Chapter of the American Planning Association (CCAPA) and past Chairman of the CCAPA Government Relations Committee. Mr. Poland is a founding member, Secretary, and Executive Director for the Connecticut Partnership for Balanced Growth. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the CT Trust for member Historic Preservation, The Bushnell Park Foundation, and is a public and Governor appointee on the State Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. Mr. Poland has established himself as a leader in planning and public policy. As Government Relations Chair for CCAPA he assisted the Legislature’s Planning and Development Committee with bill screening and drafting legislation.
Mr. Poland worked on APA's development of a smart growth policy guide and was a member of the National Delegates Assembly that adopted the APA Smart Growth Policy Guide. Mr. Poland earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in both Geography and Psychology, from Central Connecticut State University and studied at the University of Bolton in Bolton, England. He earned a Master of Science degree in Geography, concentrating in Planning, from CCSU and is a certified member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He is currently working on his PhD in urban geography at University College London, London, England.
Mr. Poland, as an adjunct lecturer, teaches an introduction to geography and urban geography at Manchester Community College and urban and regional planning at UCONN. He was awarded the Connecticut Homebuilders 2003 Outstanding Land Use Official Award and was recognized by the artford Business Journal as one of Hartford’s Forty Under Forty business and community leaders. r. Poland is a licensed private pilot and lives in the city of Hartford.