Matt Hayes is a an Associate and Group Manager with Alta Planning + Design. Matt continues his work on Greenways Incorporated projects that occurred prior to the merger of Alta and Greenways. Matt has managed a variety of planning-level projects with a focus on pedestrian, bicycle, and greenway planning. His strengths include: facilitating committee meetings, fieldwork, research, writing, and using GIS mapping as a tool in the area of greenway, bicycle, and pedestrian analysis, planning, and implementation.
Matt has seven years of planning experience and more than ten years of experience in all forms of GIS assessment, planning and mapping. He has contributed to more than 75 separate planning and design projects, managing over half of those projects. He has also used GIS as a tool for environmental and ecological applications and has focused his work in the area of greenway and open space planning and implementation, natural assets inventory, biogeography, and identification of biodiversity. His masters thesis involved the GIS modeling of the Great Smoky Mountains spruce/fir forests.
Projects he has managedor co-managed at Greenways Incorporated include two North Carolina APA Outstanding Planning Awards (the Greensboro, NC Urban Area Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Greenway Plan and the Holly Springs, NC Pedestrian Master Plan), and SRTS Action Plans (NC), Spartanburg County, SC Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, Cherokee, NC Pedestrian Transportation Plan, Raleigh, NC Bicycle Plan, Carrboro, NC Bicycle Plan, Davidson, NC Natural Assets Inventory, Roxboro, NC Pedestrian Plan, Triangle Bicycle Map, Frankford Creek (Philadelphia, PA) Greenway Master Plan, Oak Island, NC Bicycle Master Plan, and the Graham, NC Pedestrian Plan.
In addition to his work experience listed above, Matt has completed work on dozens of other open space, bicycle, pedestrian, and greenway projects. This includes work on the award winning Charleston County, SC Comprehensive Greenbelt Plan and the award-winning Archuleta County Parks, Recreation, Open Space, and Trails Plan.
In his spare time, Matt is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hiking local trails, traveling to national parks, bird-watching, and gardening. He is a strong advocate for alternative transportation and recreation and feels fortunate to have a profession where he promotes and plans for greenways and trails.
Masters of Geography, specializing in Geographic Systems Information technology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, (2002); Bachelors of Science in Biology, Samford University (1999), Magna Cum Laude
" Mapping Davidson’s Natural Assets "
2009 National APA Conference, Minneapolis, MN
"Greenways to Reclaim Urban Waterways"
2007 National APA Conference, Philadelphia, PA
"Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning"
April 2007 Quarterly Meeting, North Carolina RPO