Raymond Costantino is a Senior Planner for the Department of Parks and Recreation at the City of Sacramento. He works on a variety of park planning, open space, and land management efforts within an urban context. He also administers several fee programs to acquire parkland and develop parks. Most recently he worked as the project manager for the City's comprehensive development impact fee update that helps pay for new infrastructure and supports infill development citywide. He has over ten years experience in the urban planning profession. Prior to his current role, he worked for several City Planning divisions, including Long Range Planning and Design Review. He also spent a short stint working at the State of California's Delta Protection Commission focusing on trail development, recreation planning, water-policy and updating the Commission's Land Use and Resource Management Plan.
Raymond holds a Master of City and Regional Planning and a Master of International Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. His graduate research focused on a squatter settlement improvement program called Favela Bairro, in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. In particular, his research analyzed how this program, which implemented land tenure for the poorest of Rio's population, also improved land, air and water resources by upgrading urban infrastructure and services. Raymond received his undergraduate degree from Rhode Island School of Design in Industrial Design.
His interests focus on sustainable design, land-use planning, environmental policy issues and urban planning. He started his career working in low income, LGBTQ and People of Color Communities in New York City.
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City of Sacramento
Land, Open Space, Smart Growth
Sacramento, California 95691