Planning & Zoning

Planning & Zoning Department Director – Althea Jefferson, AICP

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Elbert  (Bert) L. Waters is Principal of E.L. Waters and Company, LLC, a Planning and  Development Consulting firm. Bert has over  thirty years of successful  planning  and  management  of  complex  urban  development projects,  private sector  planning  and land  development consulting with specific  emphasis in the areas of: Urban Development; Community Services Management; Land Use  and Zoning; Community and Economic Development; Urban Real Estate/Finance Development; Neighborhood Redevelopment; Affordable Housing Development/Finance; Urban Design; Neighborhood Job/Training; and Neighborhood Commercial Revitalization.

In addition, he has extensive financial, operating programs, capital budget/managerial, Municipal and federal administration. Bert served as Broward Service Center Director, South Florida Water Management District, responsible for water resources and development for the Broward County and its thirty-one (31) cities (pop. 1.7 million).


E.L. Waters and Company, LLC, established in 2005 provides consulting planning, zoning, and development services for public and private clients in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. Currently, the Firm is the Planning and Zoning Consultants for the City of West Park, Florida; City of Miami Gardens, Florida (pop. 110,000). Also, the Firm served as Planning and Development Consultants for the City of Opa-Locka, Florida and prepared a FINDING OF NECESSITY for the Southeast Overtown Park West Redevelopment Agency of the City of Miami, Florida.

Bert is a Life Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., former board member of the  Urban League of Greater Miami, Inc., and former Board Member of the Urban  League of Broward County, and former member of One Hundred Black Men of South Florida, Inc. Bert was the Executive Director and Cofounder of the Community Design Center of Columbia, Inc., and a neighborhood planning/design nonprofit organization in Columbia,  South Carolina. Also, he served as a member ofthe Planning Accreditation Board (an Affiliate of the American Planning Association), Site Visit Team.

Bert received a  Bachelor’s of Technology in  Architectural Engineering from Florida  A&M University; Master’s  in City Planning/Urban Design from Georgia Institute of Technology; and a Juris Doctor degree  from the University Of Miami School Of Law.Mr. Waters is a John L. Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Design, Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

In addition, Mr. Waters completed the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Community Builder Fellows, Executive Program in Public Management, Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of  Government. Also, he is an ELI Fellow, Executive  Leadership Institute,National Forum for Black PublicAdministrators. Bert is an avid Jazz Trumpet/Flugelhorn player.