Chester “Rick” Chellman, Principal

Curriculum Vitae

Chester "Rick" Chellman

Chester “Rick” Chellman has more than thirty years experience in civil engineering, engineering consulting, traffic engineering and land surveying, land use regulations and development planning. Mr. Chellman has site planning, civil and forensic engineering, zoning, expert testimony and land use experience throughout the United States of America and recently practiced in at least a dozen foreign countries, including China and Russia. In recent years, Mr. Chellman has also worked extensively on the engineering and traffic engineering aspects of Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND), and New Urbanism (NU) particularly in connection with the matters of street design, vehicular and human-powered traffic control and external transportation connections.   Mr. Chellman has authored and co-authored numerous works on topics related to the traffic and transportation aspects of TND/NU design.

Mr. Chellman founded White Mountain Survey Co., Inc., a multi-disciplinary firm that focuses on projects in New Hampshire, in 1977. He more recently practiced as TND Engineering, a specialty firm addressing engineering consulting and Traditional Neighborhood Development and New Urbanism at all levels and at any location. TND Engineering’s primary focus concerns street design and transportation planning. He joined Nelson\Nygaard in 2010, and has recently re-entered the field of private consulting.

Mr. Chellman has extensive experience in public participatory planning events. This experience includes participation in more than 200 charrettes in many US and international locations. In these charrettes, new towns, extensions to existing towns, and other engineering/planning exercises have been accomplished; other similar charrettes have focused on the drafting of land use ordinances and/or comprehensive (master) plans.   Mr. Chellman has also written several land use regulations and zoning ordinances by more conventional means.

Mr. Chellman was also awarded a Knight Fellowship from the University of Miami for 2003, and he has lectured at Harvard University and the Universities of New Hampshire, California, Pennsylvania, Texas and New Mexico.

Examples of work include: teaching a Civitas master class in Woking, UK for the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment; drafting the transportation aspects of the Los Alamos, New Mexico Downtown revitalization plan. Additional recent experience includes traffic calming/urban and transportation design work in: Mid-Island redevelopment of Nantucket, Massachusetts; Route 138 in Kingstown, Rhode Island; Albuquerque New Mexico; Tucson Arizona; Chocorua Village, New Hampshire; parking analysis for downtown Santa Monica California; and transportation aspects of the Lancaster Corridor (removal of an overhead interstate) in Fort Worth Texas.

Other examples of recent work: the NACTO Urban Street Design Guide; The Chicago Complete Streets Guide; The award-winning Hull Street Road corridor redevelopment plan in Richmond, Va.; on the Al Rayyan corridor (proposed as a “world-class street”) in Doha, Qatar; redesign of Al Salaam Street in Abu Dahbi, UAE; and, co-author of new Urban Street Design Manual for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Mr. Chellman also led charrettes to design Tongzhou New Town in Beijing, China and Santa Isabel New Town in Guatemala.

Mr. Chellman also headed up the traffic and transportation team for the Mississippi Governor’s Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal charrette for eleven Gulf Coast communities that were re-planned following hurricane Katrina.

Mr. Chellman has prepared traffic impact analyses and transportation design services throughout the United States, the Middle East, Europe, Central America, Russia, China and Canada. He brings urban design experience to the table when working on all of these types of projects with a team-supportive attitude.


Professional Engineer:

Licensed in all of the lower 48 States and the District of Columbia

Registered/Licensed Land Surveyor:

Licensed in Maine and New Hampshire


“Planning 2020”
Kane County Planning Department
Kane County, Illinois

“Design of New Urbanist Streets”
Urban Land Institute
Orlando, Florida

“Design of Traditional Neighborhood Streets”
New Mexico State Land Office
Santa Fe, New Mexico

“Neo-Traditional Neighborhood Design”
Maine-New Hampshire
Seacoast Growth Mgt Conference
Portsmouth, NH

“Context Directed Street Design”
Congress for the New Urbanism
Council # 3
Charleston, South Carolina

“Designing Safer Streets for Pedestrians”
Annual Bike & Pedestrian Conference
Durham, NH

“Context Directed Street Design”
Congress for the New Urbanism
Council # 4
Santa Fe, New Mexico

“TND Transportation Design-Rewriting Suburban DNA”
Seaside Institute
Seaside, Fl

Street Design for Town Planning
Instructor, Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Congress for the New Urbanism #12
Committee Chair, program moderator and participant
Chicago, Illinois

Civitas (Urban Design Master Class)
The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment
Woking, UK

University of Pennsylvania, School of Design
Lecture on South Village and US Street Design History
Philadelphia, PA

South Village and Context Directed Street Design
Congress for New Urbanism, New England Chapter
Boston, MA

GrowSmart Maine
Lecture on New Urbanism and Transportation
Smart Growth Conference
Augusta, Maine

Mayor’s Institute on City Design
Special Session on Municipal/Educational Interface
University of Pennsylvania

Mayor’s Institute on City Design
Gulf Coast Mississippi & New Orleans, LA
Hurricane Katrina Recovery Concepts and Planning, Participant

SmartCode Workshop
Biloxi, Mississippi

South Carolina Land Use Conference
Governor Mark Sandford, Sponsor
Charleston, South Carolina

Form Based Codes Introductory Class
Sedona, AZ

NH & Maine Chapters of ITE
Traditional Neighborhood Design Techniques

New England Chapter CNU
West Haven CT: Design of a train station neighborhood

New England Chapter CNU
Burlington, VT: Design of a small town neighborhood

New England Chapter CNU
Westbrook, ME: Design of a group of walkable neighborhoods

Beijing Municipal Institute on City Planning & Design
International Conference on Tongzhou New Town
Keynote Speaker


Charrette Experience:
Participant in more than 200 multi-disciplinary design charrettes in the U.S., and elsewhere throughout the world since approximately 1988, focusing on New Urbanism and Traditional Neighborhood Design.   Team participant with Duany Plater-Zyberk, Moule & Polyzoides, Calthorpe & Assoc., Torti Gallas, Urban Design Associates and others for new communities, extensions to existing communities, the enhancement/redevelopment of existing communities and land use regulation drafting and modifications.

Municipal Experience:
Chairman of the elected Board of Selectmen for the Town of Tuftonboro, New Hampshire; nine year member of the Tuftonboro Planning Board, including professional assistance in the completion of the Town’s Master Plan; and two years service on the Tuftonboro Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Expert Witness:
Expert qualification and testimony as an Engineer and Land Surveyor in District, Superior and Federal District Courts.
Specialties: Street design, transportation, motor vehicle accident reconstruction; traffic; land use regulation and design; civil engineering; cadastral surveys.

Board Member
Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), retired 1998; current Board member CNU New England Chapter

Author/ Principal Author:

The Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) Zoning Ordinance (text form)

“Design Speed and Related Matters for Neotraditional Neighborhoods” Submitted to Transportation Research Board

“Street Design: Design Intent, History, and Emerging Concepts”, Land Development, National Association of Home Builders

Traditional Neighborhood Development Street Design Guidelines”, A Recommended Practice of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)
This publication received the ITE’s Transportation Planning Council Technical Committee Award when it was a proposed recommended practice.

CNU Transportation Design Guidelines”, Congress for New Urbanism, draft 

Co-Author of:

“Neo-Traditional Neighborhood Design and Its Implications for Traffic Engineering”
Institute of Transportation Engineers Annual Meeting Best Paper; also published in ITE Journal.

“New Town Ordinances and Codes” New Classicism Omnibus Volume, Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., New York, NY 1990

“Traffic Engineering for Neo-Traditional Neighborhood Design” Institute of Transportation Engineers, Washington, D.C.

“Architectural Graphic Standards”, section on Traditional Neighborhood Development street design

In Support of Networks” a policy document for the CNU to use in promoting street networks as an additional “functional classification” at the Federal level.

Context Sensitive Solutions in Designing Major Urban Thoroughfares for Walkable Communities” 2006 Institute of Transportation Engineers, Washington, D.C. Technical Advisor.

Neighborhood Street Design Guidelines” Institute of Transportation Engineers, Washington, D.C. Recommended Practice 2010. Neighborhood Street Design Committee.

Urban Street Design Manual” a design and policy manual for the construction, design and layout of urban streets in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Republic (2009).

Chicago Complete Streets Design Manual” a new policy and design manual for the city of Chicago that, among many other things, places pedestrians as first priority in the urban core (2013).

NACTO Urban Street Design Manual” a graphically-rich urban street design manual for the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO, 2013).

Real Urban Intersection Design” Institute of Transportation Engineers, Washington, D.C. Journal, May 2014.

Technical Adviser:
“Cities in the Balance: Creating the Transit-Friendly Environment”, a 23 minute videotape produced by the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board in cooperation with the ITE and ASCE.


Charter Award, Congress for the New Urbanism, 2006 for the Urban Extension of Crewkerne, UK (Team Member)

Charter Award, Congress for the New Urbanism, 2009 for The Smart Code (Team Member)

Driehaus Form-Based Codes Award, 2010 for City of Peoria Form-Based Code (Team Member)

EPA Programs and Policies Award, 2012 for Portsmouth, Va. Form-Based Code (Team Member)

Driehaus Form-Based Codes Award, 2012 for City of Santa Ana Transit Zoning Code (Team Member) 


American Society of Civil Engineers, member Urban Transportation Division Planning Committee

Charter member, Congress for the New Urbanism

Institute of Transportation Engineers (Fellow); member of ITE Transportation

Expert Witness, Traffic Engineering, Transit, Transportation Planning, Parking and Pedestrian and bicycle Councils=

National Society of Professional Engineers


In his spare time, Rick likes to photograph people, places, birds and other animals. He and his son Isaac maintain an online photography library, and to walk around his hometown of Portsmouth, NH.
Snowy Owl, photographed by Rick Chellman

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