John has been a planner for over 40 years. He has built a reputation for his ability to energize communities around their shared vision. He works with communities to develop prioritized strategies and actions that enable their vision to take shape through an actionable plan. The mark of John’s leadership is a plan that is successfully implemented at the city or regional scale and transitions into projects at the community or neighborhood scale. John is known for his work in Portland, where he served as the planning director for five years at Oregon Metro, the regional government, and was the primary author of Metro 2040.
Since founding Fregonese Associates in 1997, John has led or taken part in nationally significant regional plans, including the Compass Blueprint Growth Vision for the Southern California Association of Governments, Envision Utah, the Sustainable Places Project in Austin, and Chicago Metropolis 2020. In addition to large regional projects, John also has a long and successful track record of citywide comprehensive plans, downtown and small area planning in cities and communities of all sizes across the country.
John led the East Baton Rouge Parish Comprehensive Plan, a project that spurred unprecedented public involvement in the Baton Rouge, LA area, particularly from under-represented groups. Since its adoption, he has been continually involved in implementing key recommendations of the plan, from planning and design for a downtown streetcar, to zoning revisions that enable quality urban design and reduce parking, to a downtown parking and wayfinding strategy; to a Parish-wide Complete Streets policy.