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Michael Hathorne is a community builder/planner and urbanist headquartered on Utah's Wasatch Front. His experience includes areas such as community design, land use analysis, property acquisition, land entitlements, code writing, long range land planning, land use policy, and community/architecture design review.

Michael’s general areas of skill and ability include project management, negotiation, teaching, and public relations. His areas of professional specialty and interest include New Urbanism, Transit-Oriented Development, and Form-Based Code.


  • Scenario Planning in Envision Tomorrow+ (ET+), 2014

  • Form-Based Codes Institute (FBCI), 2009

  • Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU-a), 2008

  • Transit-Oriented Development Toolbox, December 2008


  • M.U.E.P., 2005, Urban and Environmental Planning, Arizona State University

  • B.A.S., 1997, Business Management, Utah Valley University

  • A.A.S., 1993, Applied Sciences, Utah State University - Eastern


  • Michael Baker International, Planning Director, 2016-2018

  • Property Reserve, Inc., Planning Manager, 2007-2016

  • Newland Communities, Manager, Builder Services & Residential Design, 2005-2007

  • LVA Urban Design Studio, Urban Design Associate, 2004-2005


CNU Utah, Board of Directors, 2013-2017

CNU Utah is a local chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU). CNU Utah works on initiatives tied to education, application, initiation, and advocating of new urbanism principles and development patterns.  New Urbanism is a planning and development approach based on the principles of how cities and towns had been built for the last several centuries: walkable blocks and streets, housing and shopping in close proximity, and accessible public spaces. In other words: New Urbanism focuses on human-scaled urban design.

Form-Based Codes Institute (FBCI), Board of Directors, 2015-2017

FBCI is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to advancing the understanding and use of form-based codes. FBCI's mission is to advance the knowledge and use of, and develop standards for, form-based codes as a method to achieve a community vision based on time-tested forms of urbanism. The Board serves its constituents by developing standards, providing education, and creating a forum for discussion and advancement of form-based codes. 

CNU 21, Chairman - Local Host Committee, 2008-2013

Oversaw the organization and planning efforts for the national conference of the Congress for the New Urbanism which was held in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Daniel Wright

Senior Manager | Economic Analysis

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Daniel is driven to understand the connections and conversations associated with the built environment and their impact on financial and social capital.  He is currently a full-time finance and real estate lecturer at the Belk College of Business, University of North Carolina – Charlotte where he teaches a variety of real estate courses to both graduate and undergraduate students.  He is also the head of real estate at Evelo Agency – a management consulting company focused on helping innovative organizations make the transition to flexible work practices.

His areas of professional specialty and interest are focused on places that facilitate the interaction of various demographics.  These places include co-working spaces, mixed-use housing, and historic sacred places.

Daniel’s experience includes areas such as project financing, property transactions, financial and market analysis, asset management, entitlements, design, and development.  His general areas of skill and ability include teaching, research and writing, financial modeling, public relations, and negotiations. 

Daniel holds a Masters degree in Real Estate from Cornell University, a Masters in Business Administration from Brigham Young University and a Bachelors in Architectural Studies from the University of Utah.

Gonzalo Stevens

Senior Manager | Market Analysis


Gonzalo’s professional specialties and experience crosses the realms of all three areas of the Green Triangle (Policy – Market – Economics). He has worked as a project manager in the realm of land development and has also served in design roles of both site planning and architecture. Because of this, he is as competent with planning and design as he is with projecting, and controlling, costs and assessing markets. This diversity makes him invaluable in land development, because he is able to contribute in every step of the development process.

Gonzalo’s professional responsibilities have included land acquisition, disposition, negotiating and managing contracts, to facilitate due diligence investigations and to provide guidance to general land entitlement activities. He has also been responsible for financial analysis and project projections.  Gonzalo has the ability to give close and detailed scrutiny to the work and work product coming from lawyers, engineers, planners, designers, environmental entities, and governmental bodies.

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