Meet the Planners

CSA Planning, Ltd. was originally founded as Craig A. Stone & Associates, Ltd. in 1980 and operated under that name until 2007. Raul Woerner and Jay Harland joined the firm as partners in 2004 and 2005 and changed the name to CSA Planning, Ltd. Throughout its 35 year history, CSA has undertaken more than 1,800 projects of virtually all types and sizes, either as planners and project managers or simply to acquire land use permits. CSA now exists as one of the largest land planning firms in Oregon and the largest between Redding and Portland and offers a full complement of support consultants from the best firms in Oregon that provide expertise in all areas of land use permitting and analysis.

Raul Woerner, Principal

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Mr. Woerner joined CSA Planning in 2004 as a partner and is the general manager of land use planning and consulting. He brings extensive experience and insights to each project from his work as a senior planner for Jackson County and his years managing businesses in California, Nevada and Arizona. Raul assists private and public sector clients with defining and developing their projects. Mr. Woerner has extensive expertise in coordinating the multitude of agencies involved in the design review and permitting of complex projects in Oregon. Mr. Woerner’s business management background also serves clients with valuable insights into the financial challenges often associated with complex land development projects. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Oregon. He was a US Army quartermaster in the 7th Infantry Division of the 15th FA in Fort Ord, California. Born in Dorado, Puerto Rico, Mr. Woerner has lived in Washington, Oregon, Texas, South Carolina, California, Arizona and Nevada. He was principal in charge of Regional Problem Solving, Oreogn’s first 50-year growth plan. He’s a member of the Medford Rotary Club and serves on the land use action committee for the Chamber of Medford/Jackson County.

Jay Harland, Principal

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Mr. Harland is a partner and principal planner with CSA Planning, joining the firm in 2004. He has extensive experience in public and private sector land use and transportation planning and an in-depth knowledge of the public review process. Mr. Harland provides solid technical and practical management for a wide variety of land use and transportation projects. Mr. Harland has experience with long-range planning projects that often involve complex land use, public facilities and statistical research and analyses. Mr. Harland is proficient in technical analyses that involve statistical and mathematical models. Before CSA Planning, Mr. Harland worked as a transportation planner and managed development and adoption of the Jackson County Transportation System Plan. Mr. Harland holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Montana.

He is vice-chair of the Jackson County Economic Development Advisory Committee. He is the chair-elect for the Chamber of Medford Jackson County.  He is past president of the Rogue Valley Foundation for the Chamber of Medford Jackson County. An avid skier, Mr. Harland was born and raised in Bozeman, Montana and has been a coach for the Mount Ashland Racing Association. He and his wife, Elysia, race an Ultimate 20 sail boat with the Rogue Yacht Club. He is past commodore of the Rogue Yacht Club.  He served on the board of Medford Rogue Rotary from 2015-2017.

Bev Thruston, AIA

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Bev Thruston joined CSA Planning in 2007 as an Associate Planner.  In addition to her 10 years of experience as a land use planner with CSA, she offers over 20 years of architectural experience in the Rogue Valley, San Francisco, and New York City. She has been an integral member of CSA, working on a wide variety of projects including the RPS plan, the Hillcrest District Plan, and the Phoenix-Talent School District Facilities Plan.  Her expertise in site design and planning is key to the success of the complicated land-use and development projects she manages. 

Prior to CSA, Bev worked at architectural firms in Ashland, the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City. She was a partner for eight years in Thruston Design Group in Alameda, California.  Bev has extensive experience in the programming, planning and design of educational, commercial, recreational, and retail new and adaptive reuse projects.   She is experienced with multi-agency coordination and permitting, site planning and development, and consultant coordination.

Born in Berkeley and raised in the Bay area, Bev has lived in Michigan, Colorado, and New York. She earned a master’s degree in social science with a focus on research and urban planning from Chico State University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Pratt Institute.  She is a board member and past president of the AIA Southern Oregon Chapter. Bev and her architect husband David have two daughters, Megan and Sophie.

 

Michael Savage

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Michael Savage is an associate planner with experience tackling a wide range of land-use and development projects.    Mike’s experience and thorough understanding of the Oregon land-use system helps him see projects efficiently navigate through the entitlement process from inception through construction.  Mike has been integral to many private and public sector projects.    Mike also has a specialty in complex GIS land-use analysis and cartography. His unique expertise with major spatial and geodatabase management compliments the extensive and highly experienced CSA Planning, Ltd. team.

Before he came to CSA, Mike was a ten-year member with Jackson County Planning and Development Services, working as a land-use planner, GIS programmer analyst and permit-tracking system administrator. Highlights of his tenure include development work with the award-winning, web-based planning and assessment program called “Front Counter Application.” He also provided critical work on the White City Buildable Lands Analysis and Major Rezone and helped update the county’s Destination Resort Element and Maps and the 2004 Land Development Ordinance and Comp Plan. He developed a great number of GIS tools for the Planning, Building, and Sanitation Divisions.  He brings to the land use planning and development profession a range of experience, including working as a recreation specialist and biologist assistant for the Klamath National Forest and volunteer for youth sports. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in geography from Southern Oregon University. Born and raised near the Blue Mountains in northeastern Oregon, Mike is an avid outdoorsman. He is a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and enjoys time with family, hunting, hiking, riding ATVs, restoring his classic bronco and working on his 80 acres. He and his wife Lucia have two children, Courtney and Cameron.

Elysia Harland, Controller & Assistant Planner

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Elysia Harland is an assistant planner with experience in GIS map production, research and analysis.  She also has a background in business and accounting.  Her work experience includes being the Controller, for over six years, for a national professional association and before that a staff accountant at Kosmatka Donnelly & Co. LLP CPAs.  She holds a Master of Accountancy degree from the University of Montana. She enjoys sailing and skiing with her husband Jay.

Lori Hollis

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Lori Hollis is Office Manager at CSA Planning Ltd. She has extensive experience managing the operation of professional offices in both the public and private sectors. She is knowledgeable about the needs of project budgeting. Lori serves as the hub for project portfolios, taking the writing and research work of planners and turning it into a professional presentation. She has 22 years’ experience in the real estate appraisal profession, working for Jackson County’s Assessor’s Office, where she became knowledgeable with the county mapping system. During her tenure with Roy Wright Appraisal Service, she trained employees, proofread and organized documents and photographed properties. Born in Long Beach, California, and raised in Lynwood, California, Lori has lived in the Rogue Valley since 1986. She has been a SMART reader volunteer for nine years at Jackson Elementary School.