Nathan Norris is the CEO of the Downtown Development Authority of Lafayette, Louisiana. Previously, Nathan was the co-founder and Director of Implementation Advisory for the international urban design firm PlaceMakers. At PlaceMakers, Nathan worked with developers and municipalities to plan, entitle, develop and market neighborhoods, towns and cities. Nathan is an attorney and served as the real estate broker for large scale traditional neighborhood developments. Nathan is a contributor to the Charter of the New Urbanism and the SmartCode Manual; a Board Member of the Transect Codes Council; the primary author of the Smart Growth Schools Report Card; a certified instructor for the National Association of Realtors Smart Growth course; and the project manager for the Appraisal System which rates the merits of development from the perspective of Smart Growth principles. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his law degree from the University of Alabama before serving in the U.S. Army with the 1st Cavalry Division.
Developers get into trouble when they fail to address the following issues in building a new urban community.��