Eric Roberts

planning technician

Eric is a versatile planner with experience in a variety of fields. His portfolio includes work in urban design, GIS mapping, graphic visualization, and policy planning. He is also skilled in community engagement, plan development, and sustainable building practices. 

Currently, Eric works at the City of Petaluma’s Planning Department as a Planning Technician at the front counter. He also assists in administrative projects, including Conditional Use Permits, building licensing, and other permits for the City. He is passionate about maintaining the integrity of previous plans and the unique character of Petaluma. 

Before starting at M-Group, Eric worked with Ohio State University Extension, Clark County as a Program Assistant, where he developed his planning skills to strengthen local food systems. He developed a county-wide local food council that brought together four committees and representation from specified groups of county residents, including local government and youth. He also assisted in a historic redevelopment project to restore an open-air marketplace to downtown Springfield, Ohio. In addition, he volunteered as an AmeriCorps VISTA in 2015 to assist low-income families in food access barriers. 

Eric holds a B.A. in Sociology, specializing in Urban Studies and Environmental Studies from Wittenberg University as well as a Master of City and Regional Planning from Ohio State University, specializing in Public Policy and Management. His education has given him the ability to think critically, comprehensively, and compassionately about his planning practice. He also was a competitive diver at Wittenberg University, where he developed leadership, a strong team mentality, and an uncompromising work ethic. 

In his free time, Eric mountain bikes, plays guitar, hikes, sings, snowboards, cooks, exercises, and explores new places. He enjoys graphic designing, listening to live music, and a good pun.