Paul Zykofsky, AICP, Associate AIA
Paul Zykofsky directs the Local Government Commission’s programs related to land use and transportation planning, community design and health and the built environment, and has been Director of the Commission’s Center for Livable Communities since 1995. The Local Government Commission is a non-profit, non-partisan, membership organization of local elected officials and city and county staff throughout California and other states. The Center was established in 1993 to help communities be proactive in their land-use and transportation planning and to encourage the adoption of programs and policies that lead to more livable, sustainable and walkable communities.
Mr. Zykofsky is co-author of Building Livable Communities: A Policymaker's Guide to Transit Oriented Development and Emergency Response: Traffic Calming and Traditional Neighborhood Streets. Mr. Zykofsky led the team that put together the LGC’s “Compact Development Compact Disk (CD2),” a toolkit that contains presentations, interactive tools and case studies on higher density housing. In 2006, Mr. Zykofsky co-wrote (with Dan Burden of Walkable Communities) the section on “walkability” in the American Planning Association’s Planning and Urban Design Standards. He has also edited documents on infill development, street design, traffic calming, traffic safety, smart growth, form-based codes, smart economic development and community engagement in the planning process.
Mr. Zykofsky provides technical assistance to communities throughout the nation on issues related to infill development, transit-oriented development, street and sidewalk design, and public participation in the planning process. He has prepared over 20 Community Image Surveys that have been used to involve residents in visioning and planning efforts.
During the past 12 years, Mr. Zykofsky has directed a first-of-its-kind project — in collaboration with the California Department of Health Services — to promote physical activity by improving the design of the pedestrian environment. He directed the LGC’s Leadership for Healthy Communities project, part of a national initiative supported by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 2008-9, Mr. Zykofsky was a member of a committee assembled by the Institute of Medicine that prepared a report on “Local Government Actions to Prevent Childhood Obesity.” He currently oversees a project to provide technical assistance to the 14 Building Healthy Communities supported by The California Endowment. Mr. Zykofsky is a frequent presenter at local, regional and national conferences on a wide range of topics related to land use, transportation and community design and is on the Steering Committee of the national “Rail-Volution” conference that focuses on building more livable communities through transit.
Mr. Zykofsky has extensive experience facilitating public workshops and planning processes, and giving educational presentations to local elected officials, staff and community leaders. He was born and raised in Mexico, is fluent in Spanish and often gives presentations or facilitates workshops for Spanish-speaking residents. His training and experience include the following:
Mr. Zykofsky studied at Swarthmore College and obtained the degrees of Bachelor of Architecture, summa cum laude, and Master of Urban Planning (Urban Design) from the City College of New York. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and an Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects.