Planners Panel

Planners Panel

Spokane Convention Center: 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Room 402


Member: $25.00
Non-Member: $40.00

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Join us on Thursday, August 10th to hear from our region’s municipal planners on how to get your projects permitted more efficiently. Panelists will address:

  • Tips on getting projects permitted accurately and quickly

  • ​Biggest mistakes A/E/C firms make when trying to get permits

  • How much of an increase they’ve each seen in workload over the past few years, and what they anticipate happening in the next couple years?

  • What are the biggest type of projects being permitted right now?

  • Do you foresee any changes in codes, the permitting process or updates to the land use plan in the next couple of years?

  • What are your thoughts on incorporating mitigation fees to help solve some of the region’s challenges, such as stormwater or traffic?


  • Ali Brast, City of Spokane, Assistant Planner
  • Tammy Jones, Spokane County, Department of Building and Planning
  • TBD, City of Spokane Valley (emailed and waiting confirmation)


Roger Flint, Parametrix

Roger W. Flint is the Chief Operating Officer for Parametrix. As a 100-percent employee-owned firm, Parametrix is dedicated to providing quality engineering, planning, and environmental sciences with superior client service. Founded in 1969, Parametrix has offices in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, and New Mexico. Parametrix is comprised of more than 400 professionals providing multi-disciplinary services in transportation, natural resources, community building, water solutions, and environmental engineering and science. Roger has 30 years of experience in infrastructure development as well as all aspects of public works, transportation, and utility operations. Roger was most recently the Northwest Geographic Manager for Transportation at CH2M where he was responsible for operations and business development. Roger leads Parametrix’s regional operational units and is responsible for company-wide programs including project delivery. 

Ali Brast, Assistant Planner, City of Spokane
Ali Brast has been an Assistant Planner with the City of Spokane for nearly 4 years. Her work includes managing complex permitting projects, processing land use applications, administering shoreline regulations, and coordinating across multiple disciplines.  She holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University and a Bachelors degree from Whitworth University. Prior to her planning career, she worked for DCI Engineers in Spokane, Washington. She and her husband live on the South Hill where they enjoy hosting family and friends. 

Jenny Nickerson, Assistant Building Official, City of Spokane Valley
Jenny Nickerson, City of Spokane Valley Assistant Building Official, joined the City in 2013. Her experience includes both governmental and private-sector positions related to Building and Fire Codes, Planning and Zoning, and Economic Development throughout the Pacific Northwest. Jenny earned the highest level of the International Code Council (ICC) Certification--Master Code Professional, and is the first woman in the Western United States to achieve the certification.

*Note: MAS members receive free parking. For Non-members, event parking is $8-10 at the Convention Center. Please provide 72 hours notice to receive reimbursement for cancellations.

RSVP per the MAS website by Monday, August 7th to guarantee your spot. For more information, please contact Leslie Hebert at

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