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Project Development Specialist

"Understanding a client's perspective is essential in establishing respect, trust, and transparency in all of our relationships."



With over 25 years of experience in the field of zoning and urban and community planning, Heather brings a significant background in working with development projects, zoning and land use rules and regulations, and the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) to Barclay Damon’s Project Development Practice Area. 

Heather’s prior roles with a regional planning agency have equipped her with extensive knowledge of and establishing working relationships with local government officials, community groups and other stakeholders, design professionals, attorneys, and applicants. While in those roles, she worked with project applicants in identifying regulatory challenges and finding result-oriented outcomes beneficial to all involved. She also has experience with mapping and aerial photography tools in evaluating land use implications of proposed projects. Throughout her time in government, Heather also developed proficiency in coordinating all levels of local and state municipal reviews for development projects to ensure efficient and timely resolutions.  

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Barclay Damon's Women's Forum

Prior Experience

  • Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency, Planner III, Assistant Director, City of Syracuse Zoning Administrator
  • Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency, Planner I
  • City of Syracuse Department of Community Development, Senior Urban Planner/Consultant
  • Stantec (f/k/a Sear Brown Group Inc.), Transportation Planner

Selected Community Activities

  • Bishop Ludden Junior/Senior High School Board of Trustees, Enrollment Committee Chair and Facilities Committee Member
  • Delta Gamma Sorority, Syracuse Alumnae Chapter, Vice President for Programming and Former President; Athenians of Syracuse House Corporation, Former President and Secretary
  • Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Altar Cleaner and 125th Anniversary Planning Committee Member

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We’re excited to announce Barclay Damon’s combination with Washington DC–based Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram. SLS’s 10 lawyers, three paralegals, and four administrative staff will join Barclay Damon while maintaining their current office in DC’s central business district. Our clients will benefit from SLS’s corporate, real estate, finance, and construction litigation experience and national energy-industry profile, and their clients from our full range of services.

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