Melissa Hege's CV

Founder and Principal Melissa Hege is a certified planner with 22 years of experience practicing planning in South Florida and nationally.


Melissa leads the firm’s business development and all planning work including community outreach, online engagement, land use and zoning policy, master plan and redevelopment, multi-agency partnerships and funding solutions and contract negotiations.


She recently led the public engagement and implementation strategy for the Wynwood Street Tree Master Plan on behalf of the City of Miami and the Wynwood Business Improvement District.


She completed a four-month on-line engagement campaign for the 23-acre Intracoastal Mall redevelopment plan. She created a policy plan, including a public relations strategy a on-line microsite, to make it safer for children to walk to school in Little Havana and is currently working with the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority on a policy strategy to permit temporary pop-up uses which the City is using for their outdoor dining and retail program in response to the pandemic.


Ms. Hege is developing an online engagement platform in response to outreach needs since the pandemic. She was nominated to the Miami Transportation Planning Organization’s Bicycle Pedestrian Committee and is a recent graduate of the ULI Leadership Institute’s class of 2020.



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, Healthy Little Havana

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

Redevelopment + Master Planning

Downtown Miami, Various Studies

Coral Springs CRA Plan

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

Broward Commuter Rail

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

​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

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”


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 Writings 


"Dining on the Spot + Temporary Use Permits: How Covid-19 Changed the Way We Dine Outside, and How West Palm Beach Was Ahead of the Game", Florida Planning Magazine, Fall 2020


"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

Featured blogger Planetizen 2010-2012


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