Laura DeJohn, AICP
Laura joined Johnson Engineering in July 2004 and currently leads the planning group for the company. Laura has over 13 years of professional experience in both public and private sector planning, including five years as a planner for the City of Naples. She manages projects involving development feasibility studies and site assessments, monitoring reports, code writing, preparation and presentation of land use and zoning applications, site design, master planning, and community visioning. Her scope of experience includes entitlement of residential, mixed use, community facility, commercial and industrial development and redevelopment projects; historic preservation; architectural design review; annexation; and incentive-based codes. Laura works to facilitate projects that implement smart growth principals and sustainable strategies. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute Young Leaders Group and has presented for the American Institute of Architects of Southwest Florida and the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association, and sits on the Collier County Development Services Advisory Committee. She was the lead planner for the Collier Park of Commerce annexation, interlocal service boundary agreement negotiations, comprehensive plan amendment and rezoning; Firano Residential Planned Unit Development rezoning; and the East Naples Master Plan Study.
Debi joined Johnson Engineering in September 1996, and currently works as a principal planner and project manager within the planning and landscape architecture group, providing our clients such as Lee Memorial Health System, HealthPark Florida and Lee County Port Authority a wide range of planning and development services. Debi has 18 years of experience within Planning and Zoning field. She performs feasibility studies to determine the best use or limits of the property for the purpose intended including uncovering specific site features that may cause the expenditure of excessive time and money in obtaining the permits necessary for development. The studies include primarily environmental issues, availability of utilities, flood elevations and fill requirements, zoning issues, comprehensive plan compliance and transportation related issues. She also provides interpretation of ordinances regarding zoning and development standards and administrative procedures, providing services in the form of site development, planning, comprehensive plan amendments, rezoning, assistance in the re-evaluation of previously approved development projects affected by changing or newly enacted governmental land use regulations and attendance with presentation at public hearings before local governmental boards and quasi-judicial examiners. Her involvement with projects may begin with the preliminary stages of researching public records, existing conditions, utility services, land ownership and existing permits. She is currently a member of the Lee County Land Development Code Advisory Committee.