Land Use Advisory Council

Our Land Use Advisory Council provides expertise and advice to the Sustain Charlotte staff and board of directors regarding proposed or existing land use policies, practices, and projects to help inform our positions and work. See below for more about our current advisors.


Craig Lewis, is a Principal with Stantec’s Urban Places, a global practice that brings together experts in smart mobility, resilience, real estate feasibility, planning and urban design, mixed-use architecture, smart cities, and brownfield redevelopment. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, is a Fellow with the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP), a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional, and is an accredited member of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU-A). He has been recognized as a member of the 2010 Class of the Charlotte Business Journal’s Forty Under 40, received the 2013 Community Sustainability Award from Sustain Charlotte, and is a signatory on the Charter of the New Urbanism. He is the past Chair of the Rethinking Southern Cities ULI Regional Initiative Council in the Carolinas and is a Board member for ULI-Charlotte. For over 30 years, he has provided small towns, large cities, transit agencies, mixed-use developers, housing authorities, hospitals, and universities with national, award-winning city planning, urban design, placemaking, urban mobility, form-based codes, and autonomous vehicle expertise. Regionally, his work includes the South End Vision Plan, Brooklyn Village, and the Beaufort, SC Form-Based Code.


David Walters qualified as an architect in Great Britain in 1971 and started teaching in 1976. He has practiced and taught in England, Spain, Italy, and America, including spells in Arkansas, Mississippi, Dallas, Oklahoma and, since 1990, at UNC Charlotte, where he was a tenured professor, the founding Director of the Master of Urban Design Program and that program’s leader for its first six years before retiring from academia in 2014. From 2000-2014 Walters was the senior urban designer at The Lawrence Group’s southeast region office in Davidson, NC, and since then has been an urban design consultant with the Stantec Urban Places Group, headquartered in Boston and with a Charlotte office covering the southeastern region of the USA.

In the UK, Walters was a Senior Associate in a small architectural practice that won five national housing design awards in the mid-1970s. In the USA, Walters has been a leading member of multi-disciplinary teams that have won two national and ten state awards for planning and urban design. Walters is the author, co-author, and editor of four books, one on progressive office design and three concerning contemporary urban design, planning and zoning, along with several hundred popular essays and scholarly articles on urbanism, urban history and American zoning practice.

In 1996, Walters was honored as “Citizen of the Year” by The Charlotte Observer for his inclusive planning and community design work in the towns of Huntersville, Cornelius, and Davidson, NC. In 2004, the fruits of this work were acknowledged in part through the Environmental Protection Agency’s, National Award for Smart Growth Achievement in Overall Excellence to the Town of Davidson.

In 2014, Walters was voted “Overall Outstanding Leader” in Sustain Charlotte’s Community Sustainability Awards.


Martin is an urban planner, architect, freelance journalist and principal of City Wise Studio USA, a copywriting, editing and urban communications firm. For the past 15 years, he has actively pursued civic reform in Charlotte in concert with sustainable city objectives.

Martin has published hundreds of articles and reviews on a wide range of urban development topics in the Washington TimesAtlanta Journal-ConstitutionUrban Land.orgAPA PlanningBlueprints Journal of the National Building Museum, Build a Better, Landscape Architecture and other print and online media.

Locally his pieces appear regularly in the Charlotte Observer, and Charlotte

As the first architect to lead the Office of Facilities Planning for UNC Charlotte (1992-2001), Martin helped steer campus growth from a suburban to an urban model. Later, as executive director for the Charlotte Area Bicycle Alliance (2003-2012), he campaigned to redirect the arc of Charlotte's travel culture.

Martin is a member of Sustain Charlotte's Transportation Choices Alliance and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. He travels frequently to cities in the USA, Canada, and Europe in search of urban innovations. His vehicle of choice has two wheels and a bell.


Ken served as Executive Director of the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association for 32 years prior to retiring in December 2018. He also served as Executive Director of the Apartment Association of North Carolina for 29 years. He was the 2018 recipient of the National Apartment Association’s “Lifetime Achievement” Award. He holds a B.A. degree in Urban Geography from the State University of New York at Albany and a Master’s in City & Regional Planning from Western Kentucky University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Urban Land Institute. Ken is a graduate of Leadership North Carolina, and served as Chairman of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Coalition for Housing.. His career in housing and community development has included jobs in Texas, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and his native New York.

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