Carol Barrett, FAICP

Zucker Systems, Senior Associate

Ms. Barrett has managed planning and government projects and departments in California and Texas communities Including:

Community Development Department, City of Burbank, CA

Assistant Director for Land Use and Transportation

Organize and directing the current planning, transportation, and advance planning activities for the City. New general plan, Burbank2035, adopted February 2013. Member of the Airport Land Use Working Group for Bob Hope Airport. Prepare agendas and review staff reports for Planning Board and City Council. Responsible for departmental budget and authorize expenditures. Develop and implement work programs and service improvements. Present complex issues to the City Council and to the public. Developed visual preference survey, exceptional project criteria, and lead efforts to rewrite the city’s single family development standards and adopt design guidelines to implement Burbank2035.

Community Development Department, City of San Gabriel, CA

Planning Manager

Responsible for division handling comprehensive and specific planning, development review, historic preservation, and design review. Prepare agendas and staff reports for Planning Commission. Prepare departmental budget and supervise expenditures. Develop and implement work programs. Present complex issues to the City Council and to the public. Work with applicants to mitigate traffic impacts of development. Proposed strategies for addressing issues of mobility through plan preparation and development review including changes to parking standards. The Housing Element was certified by the State and the City’s first Sustainability Action Plan — San Gabriel Goes Green was adopted by the Council in October 2009. Prepared Zoning Code revisions identified as “Quick Wins” adopted by San Gabriel in 2010. Represent the City at the San Gabriel Valley COG and participate in other multi-jurisdictional initiatives. Lead work on development of a Climate Action Plan and Development Code Update. Selected as 2011 winner — City Teamwork Award. Climate Action Plan was recognized with a San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership Award in December of 2012.

Planning and Development Services, City of San Marcos, TX,


Responsible for department including long range planning, development review, historic preservation and Community Development Block Grant Program.  Confer with City officials, other governmental representatives, developers and the public regarding planning and development activities. Prepare agendas and staff reports for Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, and Zoning Board of Adjustment.  Prepare departmental budget and supervise expenditures. Develop and implement work programs. Present complex issues to the City Council and to the public. Coordinate the City’s Development Review Team, an interdepartmental structure including city management which meets to resolve development issues. Help to design and implement new “One Stop Center” to facilitate project implementation which opened in June of 2007. Major initiatives undertaken include: City adoption of a Unified Land Development Code (2004); city wide rezoning of all parcels (2005); sector plan updates (2005-2007) and an initial Downtown Master Plan.

In 2005, the City received “Excellence in Local Planning” recognition from the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) and Outstanding Planning Project of the Year for the Unified Land Development Code. The City also received an award from the Central Texas Section: Development Project of the Year (The Sanctuary Mixed Use Loft Project). Another “Excellence in Local Planning” Award was received in 2006. The Department’s Newsletter, “Notepads” was recognized by the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers with a First Place Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2006.  In 2007, the Campus Edge Master Plan was selected for the Project Planning Award of the Texas Chapter of the APA. Envision Central Texas recognized the rehabilitation of historic buildings in Downtown San Marcos with their Community Stewardship Award for Redevelopment in 2007.

Planning and Development, City of Berkeley, CA,


Responsible for department with a budget of approximately $10,000,000 providing a One Stop Permit Center, Building Inspection, Development Review, Advance Planning, Redevelopment, and Toxics Management Services for a city of 102,000. City named by Greenbelt Alliance and the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California to Honor Roll of local governments taking action to address the Bay Area housing crisis in 2002. Berkeley received an Honor Award for Achieving Sustainability through Urban Infill from the Northern Section of the California Chapter of the American Planning Association in 2003. The Infill Housing Implementation Program also won the 2003 Distinguished Leadership Planning Award from the California Chapter of the American Planning Association in that same year.

Austin, Texas

  • Assistant Director, Austin Planning Department
  • Senior Planner for Economic Development, Department of Aviation
  • Senior Planner Environmental and Conservation Services Department
  • Manager of Planning, Solid Waste Services


Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, cum laude, Stetson University.
Master of City Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology.


“Planning for Social Justice in California: Observations from a Planner,” pp. 31-38, in Carolina Planning Journal, Vol. 38, 2013.

Chapter on Ethics in Planning for the Downtown entitled “Whose In and Whose Out’ in Ethics, Design and Planning of the Built Environment, Urban and Landscape Perspectives, Vol. 12, Springer, 2013.

Professional Activities

President, California Planning Foundation, 2013 to 2015
Secretary of the San Gabriel Alhambra Branch of the American Association of University Women, 2012-to 2016
California Planning Roundtable, 2012 to present
California Planning Roundtable Secretary, 2014 to 2016
Awards Jury, Los Angeles Section, California Chapter, Spring 2012
Orientation Tour, Local Host Committee, APA National Conference in Los Angeles, 2012
FAICP Coordinator, American Planning Association, California Chapter, 2011
Site Accreditation Team, Planning Accreditation Board, Florida State University, 2017
AICP Nominating Committee, 2009
Vice President for Professional Development, California Chapter, 2009 to 2011
California Planning Foundation Board of Directors, 2009 to 2013
Local Host Committee, Exhibits Chair, Congress for the New Urbanism National Conference in Austin, 2008


Teamwork Award, City of San Gabriel Performance, 2011
Texas Chapter President’s Award, 2005 and 2006
Selected as Fellow, Inaugural Class of the American Institute of Certified Planners, January 1999
Distinguished Service Award of the American Planning Association, 1993
Diana Donald Award, 1986, American Planning Association

Ms. Barrett’s home office is located in San Gabriel, California. Although she has recently joined the Zucker Systems team, she and Paul Zucker have been professional associates for many years as joint FAICP member.