Walter C. Lane serves as the Director of the Office of Planning, Policy and Economic Development in Somerset County where he oversees a staff of over 20 employees. He is responsible for all of the County’s planning and economic development efforts, the Agriculture Development Board, the County’s Cultural and Heritage Commission, the Office of Economic Development, the Office of GIS Services, the Open Space Advisory Committee, the Regional Center Partnership of Somerset County, the Somerset County Green Leadership Hub and the Somerset County Energy Council. Walter is also a member of the County’s Senior Management Team. He began serving as the Director in July of 2014. Previously he had served as a Supervising Transportation Planner, Principal Planner and Senior Community Planner during his tenure at the County.
He has over twenty-five years of land use, regional planning and transportation planning experience and has managed numerous award winning projects. Walter is a licensed New Jersey Professional Planner and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He is a past President of the NJ County Planners Association. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Somerset County Business Partnership. Walter also serves as the co-chair of the Sustainable Jersey Transportation and Land Use Committee. He has served on the APA-NJ Executive Committee and is a past chair of the Regional Transportation Advisory Committee at the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority. He frequently presents on a wide range of planning issues at various statewide conferences, seminars and workshops.
He is a graduate of Cook College, Rutgers University and holds a BS in Environmental Policy.