Placemakers Summit

Scott Polikov

Scott Polikov

President of Gateway Planning

Scott Polikov, President of Gateway Planning, is a national leader in the New Economics of Place. Now a town planner, Scott started his professional life with Patton Boggs, practicing law in Washington, D.C.

Returning to Texas, Scott was appointed by the City of Austin to serve on the Capital Metro Transportation Board and represented the transit authority on the Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) Board. Alarmed that CAMPO’s Long Range Transportation plan ignored development patterns in a sustainable way, Scott decided to change careers and established Gateway Planning to focus on walkable places and the economics to create them.

Scott’s notable work includes leading the reinvention of several historic downtowns such as ones in Owensboro, Kentucky, Rogers, Arkansas and Downtown McKinney, Texas, which Money Magazine underscored as the primary reason it named McKinney Number 1 Best Places to Live in America in 2014. His work also includes leading the master plan and form-based rezoning of the Bush Station Area on the DART Light Rail Line in Richardson, Texas, setting the stage for the 4-million square foot mixed use CityLine Development anchored by the new State Farm Headquarters.

Scott serves on the national boards for the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) and the Form-Based Codes Institute (FBCI), as well as an Associate Member of Neal Peirce’s CitiStates Group. In 2016, Scott was selected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP).



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