Planwest Partners Celebrates 20 Years

This past February, we celebrated Planwest Partner’s 20-Year Anniversary. Our firm was established in 1997 when founder, George Williamson, took a leap of faith and moved to the north coast to complete the City of Arcata General Plan Update. Since then the company has grown to provide a full range of community, environmental, and economic planning services.  Highlights have included working with business, nonprofits, local and tribal governments, and community stakeholders on numerous north coast projects. Over the years, we have had the privilege of teaming with many technical experts, organizations, and other consulting firms within our community.

We are excited to announce that we recently expanded our ownership to include two new partners, Vanessa Blodgett and Colette Metz. George will continue to serve as Principal Planner with Vanessa and Colette increasing their management responsibilities.

We thank our community partners and clients for the great 20 years, and we look forward to continuing to work together for the ongoing prosperity on the north coast.


George Williamson

Principal Planner, AICP

Vanessa Blodgett

Senior Planner

Colette Metz

Senior Planner

Leslie Marshall

Assistant Planner & Administrator

Jason Barnes

Geospatial Analyst

Sarah West

Assistant Planner

Mohamad Alnakhlawi

Assistant Planner

Emily Morris

Assistant Planner

Julie Thomas

Planning Technician

Steve Hackett

Principal Economist

Steve Tyler

Senior Advisor on Water and Wastewater Systems

Stephen Avis

Contract Planner

John McFarland

Fire Specialist