Communty Planning • Civic Engagement •Sustainable Design 

Milt Rhodes, AICP CNU 

Milt Rhodes is a charrette facilitator and urban designer specializing in place making and sustainable urbanism for coastal and water-oriented communities. Rhodes has led or been a team member on more than 50 charrettes and has more than 16 years working in civic engagement, community planning and sustainable design and has worked around the world promoting sustainable urbanism. Rhodes has masters’ degrees in Architecture, specializing in Suburb & Town Design from the University of Miami School of Architecture and in Urban Planning from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also has a degree in Geology from the College of Charleston. Rhodes was also a 2002 John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fellow in Community Building at the University of Miami. Rhodes work has been published in the Urban Land Institute's publication, Developing Sustainable Planned Communities and was a member of the team that developed the ULI publication 10 Principles for Coastal Development. Most recently, Milt worked as Principal Planner and Planning Director for the Town of Bluffton and facilitated several charrettes and workshops pertaining to implementation of the Comprehensive Plan, the Old Town Bluffton Historic District Master Plan and development of a town-wide Unified Development Ordinance.  

Charrette Administration, Sustainability and Stormwater Master Planning, Community Planning


Project Director & Principal, New Urban Water Works

Director & Principal Planner, Town of Bluffton, Office of Planning and Environmental Sustainability

Project Director, Dover, Kohl & Partners

Director of Planning and Program Development, NC Smart Growth Alliance
Water Supply Watershed Planner, NC DENR Division of Water Quality


Master of Architecture (Suburb & Town Design), University of Miami

Master of Urban Planning, State University of New York at Buffalo

Bachelor of Arts (Geology), The College of Charleston


2010 – Sir Walter Raleigh Award – Rosengarten Park Infill Development, Raleigh, NC

2009 – Marvin Collins Outstanding Planning Award – Mountain Landscapes Initiative Toolbox

2008 – Crosland Sustainable Placemaking Design Challenge

2007 – Inaugural Driehaus Award, Form-based Code Institute, St. Lucie County, Towns, Villages, Countryside Form-based Code

2006 – Florida Chapter, American Planning Association, Award of Excellence – St. Lucie County, Towns, Villages Countryside Master Plan and Form-based Code

2003 – John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Scholar, University of Miami

2002 – John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fellow in Community Building

1993 – William G. Powell Award for Excellence in Geological Research


Developing Sustainable Planned Communities – Urban Land Institute, 2007

10 Principles for Coastal Development – Urban Land Institute, 2007

Water Quality & the Transect – Seaside Institute, 2002, 2003, 2004

Stormwater Design as a Civic Art – Congress for the New Urbanism, 2004

Environmental Alternatives for Town Planning – N.C. Smart Growth Alliance Summit, 2004

Impervious Implications - The Role of Parking Areas in Watersheds - NC DENR Streamlines, 2002


American Institute of Certified Planners

Congress for the New Urbanism

American Planning Association

National Charrette Institute
Florida Public Officials Design Institute – 2004 - 2008

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