As the founder of Roger Shanks Consulting, Roger brings extensive experience and expertise in urban planning to clients, coming from a municipal planning background. Through his knowledge of planning procedures and architectural design and his communication skills, Roger has been able to identify and problem solve issues, provide direction, assist in the design, layout and processing of projects for clients.

To achieve successful results it is critical to develop, nurture and maintain positive relationships, open communication with clients, stakeholders and agency staffs. To this end, honesty and integrity are vital to establishing and maintaining these positive relationships. (more…)

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Entitlement Process

Based on his experience and knowledge, Roger can help facilitate project approvals through the appropriate governing agencies.

  • Testimonials

    Vicar General

    Diocese of San Jose

    “Roger Shanks played a key role in coordinating communications with various public agencies to effectively expedite the necessary processes through the City Morgan Hill, the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), the Union Pacific Railroad Company, as well as the various consultants involved. Mr. Shanks’ knowledge of public agency processes was a great asset to us. Through his key involvement, the project was successfully taken through the entitlements process in a timely manner.”

    - Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Mitchell
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    Division Manager (Permit Center), PBCE

    City of San Jose
    Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement

    Roger is an intelligent and self-motivated person who is capable of working cooperatively, and effectively, with small and large groups of people of mixed backgrounds. He has proven to be an effective community meeting organizer, and is adept at providing effective public outreach, preparing and delivering presentations, writing comprehensive meeting summaries, and researching, analyzing and interpreting data pertaining to a variety of planning related issues.”

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    - Salifu Yakubu, AICP
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    President of Sabercat Holdings, LLC

    Sabercat Holdings, LLC

    Roger Shanks provided invaluable assistance and direction when working with the Fremont City staff and decision makers to bring about the approval of a significant and controversial mixed-use project. Whenever I need help with a project, I know that I can count on Roger to provide accurate, reliable and timely information and assistance. He has consistently established and maintained positive working relationships with agency staffs, neighborhood interest groups and other stakeholders.

    - Michael Luu
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    President of BCA Architects

    BCA Architects

    Whenever we have a project requiring extensive agency entitlement processes and involving lots of politics, we call Roger Shanks. He is able to communicate effectively with all the pertinent agencies and individuals involved to create the partnerships needed to obtain project approvals within any timeframe.

    - Paul Bunton, AIA