Veteran planning and architecture journalist Josh Stephens has been named editor of California Planning & Development Report, the state's leading independent publication covering land-use planning issues. Stephens will replace Paul Shigley, who is stepping down after 11 years as editor to focus on other writing projects.
A former editor of The Planning Report and Metro Investment Report -- monthly newsletters covering, respectively, land use and infrastructure in the Los Angeles region -- Stephens brings to CP&DR a wealth of journalism experience and knowledge of California's land use community. He will oversee writing and production of the bi-weekly CP&DR newsletter and website www.cp-dr.com.
"I'm thrilled that Josh Stephens has agreed to serve as CP&DR's editor at this critical moment," CP&DR's editor and publisher emeritus Bill Fulton said in making the announcement. "He's exactly the right person to help complete our transition to an up-to-date online publication."
Shigley will continue as a Senior Editor at CP&DR, writing blogs and working with Fulton on the fourth edition of Guide to California Planning, the standard textbook on land use planning in California. "Paul's done a great job as editor for more than a decade, and he will remain a great asset to CP&DR and to planning in California," Fulton said.
A Los Angeles native and longtime journalist, Stephens has covered planning, land use, and architecure as an editor and freelance journalist for the better part of a decade. As a freelance writer Stephens has been a regular contributor to CP&DR, and he contributes frequently to, among others, Planetizen.com, Next American City, Sierra, InTransition, and Planning Magazine. He also writes for Planetizen's Interchange blog and serves on the editorial board of The Planning Report.
Stephens holds a bachelor's degree in English from Princeton University and is a candidate for a master's in public policy at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. He formerly taught high school journalism and English at the Archer School in Los Angeles and served on the board of the Westside Urban Forum from 2005 to 2008.
California Planning & Development Report was founded in 1986 as a monthly information source for planners, land-use lawyers, developers, and others with an interest in planning around the state. Still a subscription periodical with a twice-monthly online edition, the publication also provides free commentary and content at www.cp-dr.com as well, and its 25-year archives constitute a a virtual history of contemporary planning in California.