George Proakis, AICP is the Director of Planning for the City of Somerville, a community of 77,000 on four square miles. In Somerville, George recently worked on the new SomerVision comprehensive plan and is coordinating the development of the new Somerville by Design neighborhood planning process and new zoning regulations. Prior to working in Somerville, George worked in a number of roles for the mill city of Lowell, Massachusetts, where he focused on downtown redevelopment, a city-wide Comprehensive Master Plan, a new zoning code for neighborhood infill projects, and the redevelopment and form-based code for the 15-acre transit-oriented “Hamilton Canal District” project. George is a founding board member of the New England Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism, and a member of the Resource Council for the Form Based Codes Institute. He is a graduate of the City Planning program at MIT.