Melissa Hege's CV

Melissa Hege, AICP, LEED has experience in some of the country’s greatest cities including Boston, Miami, Miami BeachPhiladelphia, and Lafayette, LA.



Melissa Hege’s 22-year portfolio includes award winning plans which translate policies into practical applications. She has lectured and taught college courses on this subject. She is a regular guest lecturer for Miami Dade College’s Idea Center Reimagining Cities course to share insights on measuring successes of plans and implementation, as well as her Baywalk Pop-up initiative to activate the Baywalk at Port Boulevard and under the PortMiami Bridge.While at Miami DDA, she partnered with Miami Dade County Internal Services Department and the Miami Heat to remove fencing and concrete baricades between the AAArena and Parcel B.


Melissa is developing an online engagement platform which combines shared information with information exchange in response to outreach needs since the pandemic. She was nominated to Miami TPO’s Bicycle Pedestrian Committee and was committee liaison for the Underline’s Health and Design Committees.



American Institute of Certified Planners #016841

LEED Accredited Professional

Professional Experience

Miami Downtown Development Authority

Manager Urban Planning and Transportation, 2014-2015


Redevelopment Management Associates 

Pompano Beach, FL

Director of Planning and Business Development, 2013-2014


Zyscovich Architects

Miami, FL

Senior Planner/ Project Manager, 2003-2013


The Corradino Group 

Miami, FL

Planner/ Project Manager, 1998-2003


Goody Clancy Architects 

Boston, MA

Junior Planner 1995-1997

Project List



Intracoastal Mall Master Plan Outreach Campaign, North Miami Beach

Little Havana Pedestrian Priority Zones

Wynwood Street Tree Master Plan

Complete Streets Forum for Miami Dade County

Village of Pinecrest Strategic Plan, FL

Lafayette Parish Downtown Master Plan, Louisiana

Jacksonville Vision Plans & Future Land Use Plan

Atlantic Beach Community Vision, South Carolina

Policy, Research + Analysis

Temporary Use Permits for Activation Projects, Downtown West Palm Beach

Little Havana Pedestrian Priority Zones

Bayside Wharf Redevelopment Analysis, Miami

Fort Lauderdale Comprehensive Plan Elements

Islamorada Development Review

Miami Gardens Conditional Use Review

Gridics Strategic Plan for Zonar 3D Zoning software

Midtown Miami SD-1+2 Zoning + Design Standards

North Miami Beach Downtown Master Plan + Zoning

Downtown West Palm Beach Master Plan + Urban Regulations

Downtown Miami, Various Studies

Downtown Hollywood CRA Vision + Master Plan

Downtown Cocoa Beach CRA Plan and Vision

Broward County Downtown Campus Master Plan

Tampa Innovation Alliance Strategic Plan

Hollywood Beach Community Redevelopment Plan

Alternative Transportation Planning

Little Havana Pedestrian Priority Zones, Miami, FL

2045 Long Range Transportation Plan Bicycle/Pedestrian Element for the Gainesville Urbanized Area MTPO

Complete Streets Conceptual Design, Cutler Bay, FL

Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvement Projects, Downtown Miami, FL

Complete Streets Pilot Project Study, Downtown Miami, FL

Transportation App Analysis for Miami Start-up, FL

Detroit Intermodal Freight Terminal, MI

Miami Beach Municipal Mobility Plan, FL

Electrowave 7-year Long Range Plan, Miami Beach, FL

Funding + Finance

Florida Department of Transportation Aesthetic Projects (TAP) Grant for Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL

Coral Springs Community Redevelopment Plan, FL

FL American Planning Association Annual Conference, Miami, FL

Various Grants to the Health Foundation of South Florida


Baywalk Multi-Use Trail Implementation, Downtown Miami, FL

Blackstone River Valley Environmental Assessment, MA



M.A. City Planning

University of Pennsylvania

William Wheaton Scholar


B.A. European Cultural Studies                 

Brandeis University      

Cum Laude with Honors


Architectural Studies        

Syracuse University        

Florence, Italy


Career Discovery Program, Architecture

Harvard University



Professional Associations + Voluntary Boards


Miami Transportation Planning Organization

Bicycle Pedestrian Committee 2020


Urban Land Institute

Leadership Institute Class of 2020


Underline Health Committee and Design Advisory Committee Liaison 2018-present


MiMo Biscayne Boulevard Association

Secretary 2018

Board Member 2016-2018

Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA)     

Executive Board 2006-2008

Conference Chair 2008


Gold Coast Section of the Florida APA

Chair 2006-2008

Executive Board 2000-2015

Selected Lectures

The Ideas Center at Miami Dade College 2019.

Guest Lecturer "Reimagining Cities"

FL APA Annual Conference 2014. “Suburbs to Cities and Why We're Still Searching for that Third Place”


FL APA Annual Conference 2014. “The Planner's New Toolbox: New Technologies for Outreach, Graphic Communication & Design”


FL APA Annual Conference 2012. “Reversing the Trend with Form Based Codes Best Practices for Administration & Implementation”


FL APA Annual Conference 2011. “The Redevelopment Of Downtown West Palm Beach: 20 Years Of Planning And Lessons Learned”


FL APA Annual Conference 2009. “A Planner’s Recovery Toolkit”


FL APA Annual Conference 2008. “Capacity Drive Codes vs Form Based Codes - a New Vision for West Palm Beach”


Selected Writings 

Featured blogger Planetizen 2010-2012

"Miami's Best Food Hall Dish Isn't on the Menu" Modern Cities, August 2019

" Why You Should Be Jealous of This Gorgeous Alley" Modern Cities, August 2018

"A River Runs Through It: NYC's Hudson River Park" Modern Cities, June 2018

"The Good the Bad and the Ugly: The New Urban Crisis" Modern Cities, May 2018

" DIY 101: How to Make Your City Waterfront Fabulous"

Florida Planning Magazine , Winter 2017


“NYC’s Active Design Guidelines: Promoting Physical Activity & Health in Design”. Florida Planning, Fall 2010



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