Neal is a practicing city planner with a decade and a half of experience in the public and private sectors in California and BC. Previously the Manager of Long Range and Community Planning for the City of North Vancouver, he seeks to shape the urban environment in a just, sustainable and collaborative manner through policy, regulation, and community dialogue.
Past experience includes work as a senior planner for the City of Vancouver on civic sustainability, transportation, and housing issues; as a consultant on comprehensive city and local area plans, zoning codes, design guidelines, and urban design strategies in the US and Canada; and as an adjunct professor at the NewSchool of Architecture and Design, San Diego State University and the University of California San Diego.
Neal received his Master of Urban Planning from McGill University and is currently completing a PhD in Urban Planning at the University of California Los Angeles. His academic interests include urban design policy and regulatory frameworks, the political economy of the built environment, complexity and adaptive urbanism, urban design history, and planning practice.