Planners Panel

Planners Panel

Spokane Convention Center: 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Room 402

We would like to thank everyone who attended the Planners Panel event. We sincerely hope that you found it valuable.

Join us on Thursday, August 10th to hear from our region’s municipal planners on how to get your projects permitted more efficiently. Panelists will address:

  • Tips on getting projects permitted accurately and quickly

  • ​Biggest mistakes A/E/C firms make when trying to get permits

  • How much of an increase they’ve each seen in workload over the past few years, and what they anticipate happening in the next couple years?

  • What are the biggest type of projects being permitted right now?

  • Do you foresee any changes in codes, the permitting process or updates to the land use plan in the next couple of years?

  • What are your thoughts on incorporating mitigation fees to help solve some of the region’s challenges, such as stormwater or traffic?


  • Ali Brast, City of Spokane, Assistant Planner
  • Tammy Jones, Spokane County, Department of Building and Planning
  • Jenny Nickerson, City of Spokane Valley, Assistant Building Official


Roger Flint, Parametrix
Roger W. Flint is the Chief Operating Officer for Parametrix. As a 100-percent employee-owned firm, Parametrix is dedicated to providing quality engineering, planning, and environmental sciences with superior client service. Founded in 1969, Parametrix has offices in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, and New Mexico. Parametrix is comprised of more than 400 professionals providing multi-disciplinary services in transportation, natural resources, community building, water solutions, and environmental engineering and science. Roger has 30 years of experience in infrastructure development as well as all aspects of public works, transportation, and utility operations. Roger was most recently the Northwest Geographic Manager for Transportation at CH2M where he was responsible for operations and business development. Roger leads Parametrix’s regional operational units and is responsible for company-wide programs including project delivery. 

Ali Brast, Assistant Planner, City of Spokane
Ali Brast has been an Assistant Planner with the City of Spokane for nearly 4 years. Her work includes managing complex permitting projects, processing land use applications, administering shoreline regulations, and coordinating across multiple disciplines.  She holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University and a Bachelors degree from Whitworth University. Prior to her planning career, she worked for DCI Engineers in Spokane, Washington. She and her husband live on the South Hill where they enjoy hosting family and friends. 

Jenny Nickerson, Assistant Building Official, City of Spokane Valley
Jenny Nickerson, City of Spokane Valley Assistant Building Official, joined the City in 2013. Her experience includes both governmental and private-sector positions related to Building and Fire Codes, Planning and Zoning, and Economic Development throughout the Pacific Northwest. Jenny earned the highest level of the International Code Council (ICC) Certification--Master Code Professional, and is the first woman in the Western United States to achieve the certification.

Tammy Jones, Principal Planner with the Spokane County Building and Planning Department.  She received her BA in Public Administration/Public Policy from Washington State University and a Masters in Urban & Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University, before eventually beginning a career with Spokane County.  During her 24 years with the Planning Department she has acquired an extensive working knowledge of the development and implementation of land use codes and ordinances, the processing of land use applications, and an ability to work effectively with the public, elected and appointed officials, and fellow employees of state and local agencies.  Tammy is a Spokane native and was raised in the Spokane Valley as #7 in a family of 8 kids.

Thank you to our Sponsor T-O Engineers!




T-O Engineers is a leading multi-disciplined consulting, planning and engineering firm serving clients throughout the Northwest. T-O Engineers offers a full suite of services and expertise in aviation, transportation, land development, landscape architecture, water and wastewater systems, surveying, and environmental services. With over 80 employees throughout five offices located in Washington and Idaho, T-O provides a level of expertise and network of contacts you would expect from a large firm while providing you with the responsive, personalized service you expect from a local company.

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*Note: MAS members receive free parking. For Non-members, event parking is $8-10 at the Convention Center. Please provide 72 hours notice to receive reimbursement for cancellations.

RSVP per the MAS website by Monday, August 7th to guarantee your spot. For more information, please contact Leslie Hebert at

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