John Hodges-Copple

Employee PhotoRegional Planning Director

Phone: 919-558-9320
Fax: 919-549-9390




Master of Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, concentration in land use and environmental planning.
Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Duke University, double-major in civil engineering and public policy studies. 


Professional Experience

Joined Triangle J in August 1992. Has over 25 years work experience as a regional planner, transportation consultant, environmental consultant, and economic development researcher.


Awarded Eisenhower Fellowship to study regional planning in 2000. 



Managing regional planning program, including development and infrastructure issues, with a focus on the interaction of land use, transportation and environmental planning. 


Representative Projects

  • Coordinates the joint effort of local communities, regional organizations and state and federal agencies to demonstrate that transportation plans and programs conform to air quality requirements.
  • Administers the Center Of the Region Enterprise (C.O.R.E), a partnership to coordinate land use and infrastructure planning among communities, businesses and regional organizations in the center of the region.
  • Participates in regional efforts to link land use and transportation planning, especially the comprehensive transportation plans being developed by the two regional Metropolitan Planning Organizations, and Triangle Transit’s planning efforts.
  • Directs the Regional Principles Project, which developed a set of regional development, mobility and conservation principles for the region’s communities--the principles continue to provide guidance on Council involvement in growth and infrastructure issues.