PDS is a Utah-based planning firm providing professional planning services to public and private sector clients located throughout Utah and the intermountain area. PDS specializes in community general plans; plan implementation, including various land use ordinances, financing strategies, planning administration, and development and project management. PDS has special expertise in plan implementation, development permitting and entitlements and capital facilities planning. PDS has a strong reputation for the highest quality of Client services, responsiveness and professionalism.

Bruce Parker is the principal of PDS, a Salt Lake City planning consultancy firm and an observer of things planning with extensive experience in community planning, development review, and planning administration. Bruce is also an Associate Instructor (University of Utah) teaching courses in metropolitan and regional planning, small towns and resort planning and manages the College of Architecture + Planning’s planning internship and planning mentors programs. 


Principal: Bruce Parker, AICP

Bruce Parker, AICP

Bruce Parker, AICP

Contact Bruce:
(801) 277-4435

Bruce Parker is one of Utah's most experienced and well respected planners. 

Bruce possesses broad experience in community planning, development review, and planning administration. As a project manager Bruce has participated in a variety of planning activities including, land use ordinances, mixed use projects, growth management and infrastructure financing initiatives, development agreements, renewable energy projects, and planning for urban, suburban, rural, and resort communities. Bruce has developed collaborative planning agreements for large development projects and has worked with the Utah legislature to make progressive amendments to Utah’s planning laws. He also provides expert witness and litigation support for public and private organizations. 

Bruce holds a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning with Honors for the University of New England, Australia where he received the Consulting Planners Prize and the Bernard Cunningham Memorial Prize for Academic Achievement, and a Master of City and Metropolitan Planning from the University of Utah, receiving the Student Leadership Award and Outstanding Academic Achievement Award. Bruce is currently finalizing his dissertation for his doctoral studies focused on the ability of planning to provide increased affordable housing opportunities and the role community participation can play to enhance public education.

Bruce has held Executive Committee positions with the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He presents on various planning issues at local, state, national, and international planning conferences. 


Photo Credit: Moyan Brenn