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Kimberly Burton, P.E., AICP CTP, LEED AP ND

  • Associate Professor of Practice, City and Regional Planning Section
229 Knowlton Hall

Kimberly Burton is an associate professor of practice in city and regional planning at the Knowlton School where she teaches courses on transportation, energy, green building, sustainability, resiliency, and future cities.  She also serves as the Internship Program Coordinator for city and regional planning.

Burton is a professional engineer (P.E.), certified planner (AICP) with an advanced specialty in transportation planning (CTP), and a LEED accredited professional in neighborhood development (LEED AP ND). She received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1999 and master's degree in city and regional planning in 2002, both from the Ohio State University.  Burton has over 20 years of experience working in both the public and private sectors for state and local agencies and multi-disciplinary consultants.  Burton currently runs a planning consulting firm, Burton Planning Services (BPS), which is focused on sustainable planning and environmental solutions for its clients. Burton has broad planning experience, spanning transportation planning, community and economic development, hazard mitigation, environmental studies, noise and air quality analyses, and sustainability and resiliency initiatives.

Throughout her career, Burton has been a leader in planning practice.  Some highlights include receiving the OSU Distinguished International Engagement Award for the Ghana Sustainable Change Program (2016) and the American Planning Association Division Council Award for Contribution to the Planning Profession for “State of Transportation Planning: Ahead of the Curve” (Burton wrote a chapter in this publication) (2014). She has also developed the AICP Certified Transportation Planner Course for Planetizen (2015) and the “Hazard Mitigation Planning Fundamentals for Communities” webinar (2018) for the Sustainable City Network.  Burton serves as a participating member of the APA’s Community Planning Assistance Team, providing pro-bono planning services to U.S. communities and co-chair of the Rocky Fork-Blacklick Accord Implementation Panel. She is currently an active member of the American Planning Association (APA)/American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Complete Streets Coalition, Green Energy Ohio, and U.S. Green Building Council.


CRPLAN 3000: Planning Resilient Environments 
CRPLAN 3620: The Underground City 
CRPLAN 5160: Green Building Methods for Planning 
CRPLAN 5500: Energy Planning 
CRPLAN 6191S: Professional Development 
CRPLAN 6950: Transportation Studio 
CRPLAN 6960: Sustainability Studio 
CRPLAN 6970: International Development Studio 

Recent Work

“Property Valuation Comparison of Noise-Mitigation Residences.”

Research project for the Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing, Education and Research Fund. (2017)

The "Property Valuation Comparison of Noise-Mitigation Residences” was a research project funded by the Ohio Department of Commerce and completed in 2017.  This purpose of this study was to provide accurate information related to the effects of noise mitigation options on property values, including determining if property values were higher for noise-mitigation residences than non-mitigated residents and if property values were higher for residences behind earthen mounds than for residences behind structural noise walls. The results of this study could influence priorities and policies at the state level to save money and increase noise mitigation effectiveness. In addition, communities could consider changes to their codes and regulations in order to help improve residents’ quality of life and property values.

Selected Publications

Burton, K. (2018). “Transportation Energy Beyond Fossil Fuels – Using Low Carbon Fuels,” State of Transportation Planning 2018. Editor Mackenzie Jarvis. American Planning Association, Transportation Planning Division.

Burton, K., Pinckney, E., Miles, J., Kubitza, J., Miller, J., & Burris, M. (2016). “Earthen Berm Noise Reduction Analysis.” The State Library of Ohio Digital Collection, produced for the Ohio Department of Transportation, Office of Research.

More Information

Burton, K. (2016). “Transportation Energy Beyond Fossil Fuels - Improving Vehicle Energy Intensity,” On the Horizon: State of Transportation Planning 2016. Editor Jo Penrose. American Planning Association, Transportation Planning Division.

Burton, K. (2015). “Planning From Scratch: How Developing Countries Offer A Unique Perspective for Planners,” Planning Magazine, Volume 81 Number 2 March 2015 edition, American Planning Association.

Burton, K. (2013). “Transportation Energy Beyond Fossil Fuels,” Ahead of the Curve: State of Transportation Planning. Editor Jo Penrose. American Planning Association, Transportation Planning Division.