Shoji Planning, LLC

Shoji Planning is affiliated with the American Planning Association, the Oregon Planning Association, and the Oregon City Planning Directors Association.

Shoji Planning, LLC was established in 1996, and serves a variety of municipalities, private land owners, architects, engineers, surveyors, and other individuals and businesses. Our local staff is adept at problem solving, and can help you achieve your project goals.

Shoji Planning is affiliated with the American Planning Association, the Oregon Planning Association, the Oregon City Planning Directors Association, and regional business and cultural organizations.

 

Crystal Shoji, Principal


Crystal Shoji is the founder and owner of Shoji Planning. She is involved in all aspects of the business, and is the firm’s principal planner and facilitator. With over thirty years of experience in economic and community development on the Oregon Coast, Crystal specializes in coastal land-use planning and permitting, strategic planning and facilitation. She has a deep understanding of the culture of our region, and helps clients to find solutions that fit their way of doing things.

Prior to founding her firm, Crystal worked for 21 years with Oregon communities as an educator, city / county planner, and inter-governmental coordinator. She has been instrumental in the development of many of our region’s city and county comprehensive plans and zoning policies, and today works with clients to both maintain and interpret those codes, and to gain zoning approval for individual land uses.

Crystal served as Mayor of Coos Bay for three terms, and as the manager of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce for over a decade. She currently serves on the boards of the South Coast Development Council and the Coos Art Museum.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Western Oregon State University, and completed postgraduate studies at both Western Oregon State University and Southern Oregon State University.  

Crystal has lived and worked in Coos County for over 40 years. Her interest in the interactions between people, the land, and the built environment is the driving force behind her work. And Her passion for helping individuals and groups to understand and navigate the regulations that govern our use of the land has made Shoji Planning one of the most reputable planning firms in Southwestern Oregon.


Ryan Wortman, Planning Technician

Ryan Wortman is a Planning Technician and AICP-in-training. He specializes in land-use planning, helping clients navigate through the various regulations and agencies involved in development.

Ryan believes in a creative approach to land use, and works hard to find paths to growth that benefit all parties involved.

Ryan is well-versed in every step of a land use application. His day-to-day work includes the facilitation of pre-application meetings between land owners and governing agencies, preparing findings of compliance with the relevant regulations, and using the most recent technologies to prepare thorough applications, including mapping parcels using GIS.

In addition to his work for private clients, Ryan serves as the contract planner for the City of Myrtle Point and the City of Reedsport – a service Shoji Planning offers to all small municipalities seeking alternatives to hiring full-time city planners. In this capacity, Ryan offers guidance on both zoning compliance and long-range planning.

Ryan studied Urban Geography at the University of Wisconsin, before re-locating to the beautiful Oregon Coast in 2015. In his free time, he enjoys fixing up old properties – always building – and hanging out with his dog Clementine.