Our staff of dedicated and experienced professionals is committed to providing you with responsive personal service. We believe it is important to get to know our clients and their needs, and then work closely with them to fulfill their goals and objectives. Presented below is a brief introduction for each of our staff:

Scott B. Odell, AICP, Principal Planner/President

Scott B. Odell, AICP, Principal Planner/President

Scott B. Odell, AICP, began his professional career in 1980 as a city planner for public agencies and has been an environmental and school facilities planning consultant since 1988. Mr. Odell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from the University of California, Davis, and has completed graduate coursework in urban and regional planning. As president of the firm, Mr. Odell directs all aspects of the firm’s business and professional operations. He has prepared and managed the preparation of California Environmental Quality Act documents for a wide range of projects, including public school, community college, hospital, transportation, flood control, general plan, redevelopment plan, residential and commercial projects. Mr. Odell has also conducted many site selection studies for new school sites, worked with the California Department of Education to obtain state site approval for those sites, and has prepared numerous development fee justification studies for school districts. Mr. Odell is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (25+ years), Association of Environmental Professionals (25+ years), and the Coalition for Adequate School Housing and served on the Board of the State Center Community College Foundation from 2018-2022.

Robert W. Owen, Senior Project Manager

Robert W. Owen has been involved in school facilities planning and construction since 1987. Mr. Owen spent thirteen years directing and managing all aspects of facilities planning, facilities construction and facilities operation for Madera Unified School District. Mr. Owen spent over three years directing support services, including facilities planning and design, for Minarets Joint Union High School District. Mr. Owen served two years as district superintendent for Chawanakee Unified School District. Odell Planning has employed Mr. Owen since January 2006, and he has focused on preparing developer fee studies, school enrollment projections and facilities master plans. Mr. Owen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering (Materials Science) from San Jose State University and has completed graduate coursework in materials science, educational administration and mathematics.

David K. Young, M.A., Senior Project Manager

David K. Young has been engaged in planning and executing comprehensive environmental documents in support of a variety of water and land-use projects since 1979. He has prepared numerous Environmental Impact Reports (EIR) and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). His experience includes environmental analysis of water resource projects, solar, habitat management plans, general plan amendments, specific plans, community plans for residential and commercial projects. As Project Manager, he successfully leads planning teams in completing projects on time and within budget.

In addition, Mr. Young leads consultations with state agencies (California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Water Resources) and federal agencies (National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). He holds a Master of Arts degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from California State University Fresno. Mr. Young is an adjunct professor at Fresno City College where he teaches biology to science and non-science majors.

Nicole Hoke, Senior Planner

Nicole Hoke, Associate PlannerNicole Hoke graduated summa cum laude from California State University, Fresno in 2014, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Geography with a minor in Urban Studies and a certificate in Geographic Information Systems. Prior to joining Odell Planning in July 2016, Ms. Hoke worked for two years as an Associate Planner for the Madera County Transportation Commission. Ms. Hoke has substantial experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping, demographic research, school site selection, state school site approval, trustee area redistricting, and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) environmental review documents.