Valerie Monastra joins Nelson Pope Voorhis Hudson Valley office as Principal Planner

Posted January 16, 2020 In Press

Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, LLC (“NPV”), a full-service environmental, land use planning and economic services firm is pleased to announce Valerie Monastra, AICP, has joined NPV’s Hudson Valley office as Principal Planner. Ms. Monastra will be responsible for municipal board representation, SEQRA management, comprehensive planning and zoning preparation and amendments, and other assignments.

With over 15 years of experience, Ms. Monastra brings to NPV a wealth of experience in comprehensive plans, blight and housing studies, SEQRA implementation, economic analysis, and project management across Westchester County and the lower Hudson Valley.  Ms. Monastra regularly presents at conferences and publishes on topics including but not limited to planning and zoning, the SEQR process, land use issues and strategies, smart growth and fair housing initiatives.

Managing Partner, Charles J. Voorhis, AICP, CEP, says “we are extremely pleased to have Valerie on board. Her knowledge and skillset complement our existing team members and will be an asset to better serve our municipal and private clients, as well as help us to expand.”

Ms. Monastra received a BS degree in Geology from Temple University, MA degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University, and MS degree in Geochemistry from Cornell University; she has an advanced certification in Public Administration. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), American Planning Association (APA) and has served as the President for Westchester’s Municipal Planning Federation since 2016 and a board member since 2012.
Ms. Monastra is a board member of the IFCA Housing Network.

About Nelson Pope & Voorhis, LLC

Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, LLC, is an environmental firm founded in 1997 that brings a wealth of experience and expertise to complex planning, zoning, environmental analysis, and project management.  NPV serves public, retail, private, institutional and governmental clients.  NPV’s staff includes AICP-certified planners, economists, ecologists, hydrologists, certified environmental professionals, grants writers, and GIS analysts.  The primary focus of the firm is to provide quality consulting services that balances the needs and goals of our clients while protecting the environment.  Clients rely on NPV’s depth of experience and expertise to provide solutions to each unique project within budget and on schedule.  Our New York offices are strategically located on Long Island (Melville) and in the Hudson River Valley (Suffern).


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