Director of Planning
Scott Hoeft is the Director of Planning at Schmitz & Associates, where he oversees all of the firm’s projects and leads a team of expert professionals. Mr. Hoeft experience and expertise is derived from a long career in assessing land, managing difficult entitlements processes, coordinating professionals, and leading the regulatory entitlements through the public hearing process. He has a strategic mind-set for project oversight and management, due diligence and site evaluation. Mr. Hoeft’s work history and education has served to bridge the gap between the public sector’s regulatory responsibility and the private sector’s market-driven supply of product and community. Mr. Hoeft enjoys deal formulation, fatal flaw analysis, and sizing up the potential of property, buildings, and land development opportunities.
Mr. Hoeft holds his MS in Real Estate Development from Columbia University, his MURP in Urban Planning and Public Policy from the University of Colorado, Denver, and his BA in Political Science from Colorado State University.
Mr. Hoeft was the vice-president and partner in Santa Fe Planning Group, Inc., (SFPG) for 16-years. Mr. Hoeft established SFPG as a successful land-planning and entitlements firm dedicated to enhancing land development and the design of properties throughout the western states. SFPG built a solid reputation of integrity, specifically working with neighborhood groups and associations prior to the commencement of development projects. At SFPG, Mr. Hoeft assisted land owners, land developers, and builders in the conceptualization, design and/or implementation, owner’s representation, and permitting of hundreds of projects. Some of Mr. Hoeft’s work includes a 65-acre mixed use commercial center with multifamily and retail uses, the development of a 4300-acre golf course master planned community with 1717 lots and two Jack Nicklaus Golf Courses, spa and tennis center, and equestrian uses, the entitlements of two multifamily projects with more the 240 du each, the coordination and construction of a privately funded highway interchange, the adaptive reuse of a 50,000 sf commercial mall for a private school, the redevelopment of a 144-room resort and spa, the development of movie sound stages, the creation of dozens of small and large lot subdivisions, the completion of site selection for a variety of retail uses and new headquarters office buildings, and the permitting for a variety of light industrial uses such as a solar farm, a gravel operation, and asphalt batch plant.
Mr. Hoeft cut his teeth in New York City and Washington DC where he held positions at Tishman Speyer Properties and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Mr. Hoeft analyzed and evaluated Class A office buildings for company acquisition in New York. At ULI, he worked on research for all sectors of the real estate development industry.
Mr. Hoeft has an associate broker’s license (New Mexico-referral status) which provides a unique perspective to the market trends and supply/demand of real estate product. As an associate broker, Mr. Hoeft was able to tap into his knowledge of the land development code and see opportunity that may otherwise go unnoticed. Mr. Hoeft connected perspective buyers to large land acquisitions for multifamily projects, light industrial uses, and a public school.