Stephen Villavaso is a professional urban and regional planner and a land use/zoning attorney with over forty years of experience in city and regional planning, environmental regulations, land use law, and zoning. He has worked for major corporations in the environmental industry, consulting firms, private land developers and for City and county governments throughout Louisiana, Mississippi and nearby states.
The professional planning firm of Villavaso & Associates has provided professional services for the past sixteen years in the areas of zoning, land use planning, master plan development, city and regional planning, and law use law to clients throughout Louisiana and the United States. Recent projects include: Master Plans for the cities of Covington, Folsom, Livingston, Hammond, Sulphur, New Llano, Slidell, New Orleans and Harahan; The New Orleans Unified Recovery Plan and the Lafayette Parish/City Recovery Plan. He has served as an expert in the areas of land use, zoning, planning, annexation and all related matters in court cases at all levels in Louisiana and in Mississippi for the past twenty-five years.
Steve Villavaso is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners (the highest peer-presented honor in the profession of urban planning), a Charter Member of APA, a Charter Member of the Louisiana Chapter of APA, and a Charter Member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Louisiana Bar Association For the past nineteen years he has taught various graduate planning courses, including development management techniques, grantwriting for planners, and the only graduate course in Land Use and Zoning Law in Louisiana as an Adjunct Professor of Land Use Regulations and Zoning Law at the University of New Orleans, College of Urban and Public Affairs and at Loyola University, School of Law. Currently he trains public planning officials throughout Louisiana in basic skills and ethics in accordance with the legal requirements for such training under Louisiana law.
J.D., Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, 1981; M.U.R.P., University of New Orleans, 1976