News Release: 7/13/2020

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July 13, 2020

Contact:               Renee Godwin
TUALATIN, OR - AKS Engineering & Forestry, LLC (AKS) welcomes two new associate members to the ownership group, Zach Pelz and Joey Shearer.

Zach Pelz ,AICP, is a new associate member with AKS Engineering & Forestry. A certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners, Zach works out of AKS’ Keizer office bringing 14 years of experience in public- and private-sector planning. Prior to joining AKS, Zach served as associate planner for the Cities of West Linn and Molalla. His experience ranges from long-range planning project management including transportation systems, parks, and recreation master planning, to complex land use entitlement. Zach’s understanding of private development; Oregon land use laws; and local codes, plans, and regulations makes him an effective facilitator in project development and execution. His most notable projects to date are Salem’s Union Gospel Mission men’s shelter and South Hillsboro Master Planned residential communities. Zach has a bachelor’s degree in geography from Minnesota State University and a master’s in community planning from University of Cincinnati.

Joey Shearer, AICP, a certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners, is a new associate member with AKS Engineering & Forestry. Joey joined AKS in 2016 and today works out of the Bend office where he leads the location’s planning team. Joey has 15 years of experience working in land use, real estate, and development, including the last nine years as a city, county, and private sector planner. His diverse experience and strong understanding of Oregon land use laws are often critical to the success of his projects. Joey’s most notable project was the 177-acre, Petrosa master-planned community in Bend. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Portland State University.

AKS is a privately owned, Northwest based, multidisciplinary consulting firm with 230 employees in four offices. The company has been providing professional consulting services to numerous municipal and private clients since 1996. AKS offers civil engineering, surveying, GIS, planning, natural resources, landscape architecture, water resources, consulting arborist, forestry/forest engineering, and construction support services. For more information, visit