Q&A with PNJ: County Level Supports for Historic Preservation

Thursday, March 4th
1PM via Zoom
Register here

 

Join Preservation New Jersey and three members of the Somerset County Division of Planning to learn how Somerset County works to preserve historic sites and the County’s diverse history through planning, grants, partnerships, and more.

Participants:

  • Walter C. Lane, the Director of Planning at the Somerset County Planning Division

  • Kaitlyn Bundy, Manager of the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission

  • Thomas R. D’Amico, Supervising Planner/Historic Sites Coordinator with the Somerset County Planning Division and Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

 

About the Speakers

Walter C. Lane serves as the Director of Planning at the Somerset County Planning Division where he oversees a staff of 18 employees. He is responsible for all of the County’s planning efforts, the Agriculture Development Board, the County’s Cultural and Heritage Commission, the Regional Center Partnership of Somerset County, the Somerset County Green Leadership Hub and the Somerset County Energy Council. He began serving as the Director of Planning in July of 2014. Previously he had served as a Supervising Transportation Planner, Principal Planner and Senior Community Planner during his tenure at the County.

He has over twenty-two years of land use, regional planning and transportation planning experience and has managed numerous award-winning projects. Walter is a licensed New Jersey Professional Planner and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Somerset County Business Partnership. Walter also serves as the co-chair of the Sustainable Jersey Transportation and Land Use Committee and the Obesity Task Force of Healthier Somerset. He is also the immediate past President of the NJ County Planners Association. He has served on the APA-NJ Executive Committee and is a past chair of the Regional Transportation Advisory Committee at the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority. He frequently presents on a wide range of planning issues at various statewide conferences, seminars and workshops.

He is a graduate of Cook College, Rutgers University and holds a BS in Environmental Policy.

Kaitlin Bundy is Manager of the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission where she advances local arts, cultural and history programs and services to benefit Somerset County residents, local cultural organizations, and tourism. She is Treasurer of the Association of NJ Cultural & Heritage Agencies, an Executive Committee member of the Somerset County Tourism Board and a member of the Somerset County Business Partnerships Emerging Leaders. Kaitlin earned an MPS in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute and a BA in Visual Arts from Ramapo College. She has a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University and in Creative Placemaking from NJIT. Kaitlin is a 2019 Alumni of LeadNJ. In addition to her professional career, Kaitlin volunteers as a scenic artist for non-profit theaters in New Jersey and lends her artistic talents at charitable events.

Thomas D’Amico is currently Supervising Planner/Historic Sites Coordinator with the Somerset County Planning Division and Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission. He is Corresponding Secretary of the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route In New Jersey. He is an officer in the Sons of the American Revolution-Raritan Valley Chapter, and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War-Winfield Scott Camp 73. He is also a member of New Jersey Militia, Heard’s Brigade (Revolutionary War reenactment organization) 1st Sargent and 39th New York Volunteer Infantry “Garibaldi Guard” (Civil War reenactment organization) Company Clerk.
Thomas is a Licensed Professional Planner in New Jersey and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He received a Bachelor of History degree from the State University of New York College at Fredonia and a Master of Regional Planning degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He was recently awarded the Richard J. Hughes Award from the New Jersey Historical Commission for outstanding lifetime achievement in the field of New Jersey history.

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Q&A with PNJ is a project of Preservation New Jersey that seeks to highlight voices across New Jersey’s historic preservation community and bring their knowledge and expertise on a wide variety of historic preservation topics to the public. Q&A with PNJ will initially take place online, and run approximately one-hour. The session will start with a quick networking round (5-10 minutes) where all attendees will share their name and if applicable, affiliation. The session will end with 15 minutes of Q&A from the Audience.