Phillip C. McKenna, AICP

Past President

Phil McKenna is known for a 40 year career as an urban planning and design consultant and his 3 decades of leadership as owner and president of McKenna, the Midwest’s highly successful community planning and design firm.  Based at the firm’s current headquarters in Northville, Michigan, (with branches in Detroit and Kalamazoo), Phil has partnered with hundreds of public officials and planning professionals, balancing public and private interests in the Midwest’s built environment.

Phil has led project planning for award-winning redevelopment of commercial and industrial areas, small neighborhood revitalization, elderly housing, mixed-use corridors, downtown rebuilding, public access design and land assembly and project finance throughout Michigan and Ohio.  He also administered Michigan municipal redevelopment programs, at times managing the turnaround of urban CDBG initiatives, supervising planning, acquisition, finance and relocation elements.

He and his firm’s colleagues prepared comprehensive plans and modernized zoning regulations for scores of Midwest municipalities, and also assisted more than 200 Midwest communities with the day-to-day implementation of zoning and building code protections and projects to the benefit of the civic realm.

Phil is a Michigan native and completed his undergraduate work at Central Michigan University and received his Master of Science degree in Regional and Urban Planning from Eastern Michigan University.


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