Mac Birch

Zucker Systems, Associate

Mr. Birch is a recognized leader and innovator in the development and implementation of computer software applications used in the planning process. He has successfully implemented solutions for over 50 municipal or City planning agencies in support of document management, permitting and inspection systems, land use modeling, GIS mapping, and website development.

Since 1992, he has been responsible for the development and support of two specific, Internet-based planning software products:

ZoningPlus “Computerized Zoning Ordinance” software for the management of zoning and subdivision codes, unified development ordinances, comprehensive plans, entire municipal codes, and other massive documents. RapidRegs has been installed to manage documents for over 25 communities including Chicago, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Houston, and Hilton Head Island.

SAVES™ is an integrated mapping and modeling software package used for rapid creation of community land use plan alternatives and forecasting their impacts. SAVES enables planning officials, staff, and the public to create their own visions of future growth and development and provides near-instant feedback of impacts such as population, number of housing units, utility requirements, sedimentation transport, trips generated, and fiscal impacts. This software has been implemented in Dane County, Wisconsin; Indian River County, Florida; Little Rock, Arkansas; McAllen, Texas; Annapolis, Maryland; and several other jurisdictions that have been evaluating growth management alternatives.

Mr. Birch has collaborated with Kendig/Keast Collaborative on over 40 projects over the past 15 years. Before that he served as business development manager for an international engineering, architecture, planning, and management consulting firm, where he managed a marketing support staff responsible for business research activities, new business development, and production of proposals. During this period, he also managed interdisciplinary planning, engineering, and architectural projects for governmental and industrial clients in the Upper Midwest.

He has also directed large, planning projects, feasibility studies, and environmental assessments for major military and public and private sector infrastructure projects in the United States and Middle East. He also developed comprehensive plans and zoning regulations for 13 counties and over 50 municipalities in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and North Dakota.

Mr. Birch has completed numerous projects with Zucker Systems including work for Barbados; Bernalillo County, New Mexico;  New Canaan, Connecticut; Cayman Islands; Fort Worth, Texas; Maui, Hawaii; McKinney, Texas; Richmond, California; St. Cloud, Minnesota; Troy, Michigan; and Columbus, Ohio.


MBA in Information Systems, University of Iowa

Bachelors in City and Regional Planning, Iowa State University