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Six decades of combined experience. The professional planners at The Bookin Group have the knowledge, experience and skills necessary to assist you with your development project - no matter the size or complexity.

Beverly Bookin - Founder of the Bookin Group

Beverly Bookin, AICP


Beverly accumulated over 35 years of experience as an urban planner and policy analyst. She brought her technical expertise and professional acumen to the aid of nearly every major institution and government entity in the Portland Metro Region.

As the “go-to” consultant for most of the region’s major health care facilities, schools, and colleges, Beverly was adept at helping organizations develop a strategic plan to allow their campuses to change and grow, and then obtaining the necessary land use entitlements to make that growth a reality.

Beverly has passed her expansive knowledge and the firm's legacy on to her partners, Debbie and Chris. Her work and influence on the Portland region will continue to endure.

Debbie Cleek - Senior Planner at The Bookin Group

Debbie Cleek, LEED AP

Principal & Senior Planner

In practice since 1993, Debbie specializes in land use entitlements, permit review and project management. She is known for her organized approach to projects and ability to identify and tackle the critical tasks needed to reach a successful conclusion.


Previously with the City of Portland, Debbie was the Team Leader for the Land Division Team affording her inside knowledge about the codes and culture at the Bureau of Development Services. In addition, she worked for three years as the Bureau’s Green Building Specialist, collaborating with the service bureaus and development community to create programs that encourage more sustainable development practices. 


Her extensive experience with the land use review process helps her strategize with clients to shave off review time and reduce project costs. She’s also adept at explaining complex land use procedures and technical requirements in understandable terms, to help clients navigate the approval process. 

Chris Hagerman - Senior Planner at The Bookin Group

Chris Hagerman, PhD, AICP

Principal & Senior Planner

Chris joined The Bookin Group as a Senior Planner in 2011, bringing his land use knowledge and problem-solving abilities to the firm. He’s played a variety of roles on development teams, helping them navigate the regulatory landscape. Our clients know to turn to Chris when issues arise or their projects get stuck. His ability to create amicable, professional relationships with city reviewers is the key to finding workable solutions.


Working previously for the City of Portland, Chris reviewed land use reviews for the Bureau of Development Services and then developed new regulations related to environmental policy with the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. This breadth of knowledge in code implementation, land use planning, and policy development gives him a sophisticated understanding of both the inner workings of local government and the practices of city reviewers. 

With a background in higher education at the University of Minnesota, Portland State University, and Clark College, Chris draws on his research and teaching experience to communicate complex ideas to a broad audience.

The Bookin Group is a State-Certified Women-Owned Business.
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