Steve has been a huge asset to the projects he has worked on for the City of Dover. His personality is tailor made for public interaction/facilitation. He has a natural way about him where people want to join him in solving a problem and want to be part of the process. I have seen Steve take a group of people who might be more "frenemy" at the beginning of a meeting and help them become friends at the end of the same meeting. Almost as important, unlike many planning consultants who might be "jacks of all trades, master of none", Steve is a master of his areas of expertise. His knowledge of resiliency and permaculture is extensive and his ability to share that knowledge with you and anyone else within earshot is enviable and a much needed resource for any project.
As a newcomer to the field, I was very concerned about getting my project right and was looking for some one to help me with a plans for a community-based demonstration site. Steve was a great listener, passionate teacher and supportive planning partner. He left me with the tools and confidence to take action and lay the foundation for a sustainable venture in my village.
Working with Steve Whitman on Lancaster’s “Main Street Rezoning” project was an extreme pleasure and privilege. He is an absolute professional with tremendous knowledge of planning techniques and philosophies. His attentiveness to resident’s insights and wishes helped create a valuable document that fits the unique characteristics of our small, Northern NH town. I look forward to an opportunity to work with Steve again and consider him an invaluable resource.