George Proakis, AICP is the Director of Planning for the City of Somerville, Massachusetts, a city of 77,000 with the highest residential density of any community in New England. He is currently working on the development of a new comprehensive plan and zoning overhaul for the communuity. Earlier, as planning director for the city of Lowell, Massachusetts, George pursued the redevelopment of a 15-acre transit-oriented “Hamilton Canal District”, and coordinated the development of a form-based code for this district. He led the creation of the New England Form Based Codes Council in 2009, and has advocated for better land use planning, innovative regulatory solutions and form-based codes in many New England communities. George holds a Master of City Planning from MIT and a BS in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University.