Withey Morris PLC Welcomes Planner Stephanie Watney
Withey Morris, a prominent Arizona land use law firm for more than 20 years, brought on planner Stephanie Watney from the City of Chandler.
Stephanie specializes in land use and site development. She provides entitlement anddevelopment services to the firm’s clients ranging from initial due diligence and site evaluation to full entitlement processing including rezonings, stipulation modifications, use permits and variances.
“We’re excited to welcome Stephanie and are very impressed with her extensive knowledgeand talent,” said Adam Baugh , partner. “Her creativity and the breadth of land use and sitedevelopment experience she brings from both the public and private sectors makes her avaluable member of our team.”
Stephanie assists in facilitating site development approvals and supporting clients with technical processes such as land divisions and abandonments of public rights-of-way. Prior to joining Withey Morris, Stephanie worked for another large national law firm where she specialized in zoning. More recently, she held a position with the City of Chandler as a city planner. Born and raised in Calgary in the province of Alberta, Canada, Stephanie graduated from the University of Calgary in 2013 with a BA in Political Science. While attending college, she was a student ambassador for the University of Calgary’s Native Centre, serving as a role model and working with Aboriginal youth to encourage their participation in post-secondary education.After graduating, Stephanie moved to Arizona for graduate school. She received her Master’s in Urban and Environmental Planning from Arizona State University in 2015. While at ASU,Stephanie furthered her passion for empowering Native American communities by focusing her professional project on researching and developing tools and strategies to help strengthen socioeconomic and infrastructure conditions in underserved communities, with the ultimate goal of improved comprehensive and long-range master planning. Since graduating,
Stephanie has served as a committee member for the American Planning Association Arizona Chapter’s Native American Planning group.Stephanie is an active member of the American Planning Association (APA) and Arizona Chapter(AZAPA). She is currently pursuing her American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)certification. Stephanie played ice hockey growing up and enjoys ice skating and exploring different activities with her husband and soon-to-be three-year-old daughter.