3 December 2013 — John Norquist, the influential and outspoken president and chief executive of the Congress for the New Urbanism, will step down from his position after the 22nd Annual Congress in Buffalo in 2014.

The Congress for the New Urbanism is a US-based not-for-profit organisation that promotes walkable, mixed-use neighbourhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions.

During his time at CNU, Norquist spearheaded campaigns for highway removal, federal reform of housing policy and walkable communities.

He initiated the establishment of CNU chapters in the US and Canada and built partnerships with public, private and non-profit organisations that helped CNU grow to over 2500 members.

“One of John’s great contributions has been to bring together people of all political stripes to understand that walkable communities are good for everyone,” said CNU board chair Ellen Dunham-Jones.

“He has put the organisation’s emphasis from being theoretical to action-oriented, advocating on behalf of CNU’s great initiatives like urban highway removal, design for healthy neighbourhoods and changing federal policies that limit mixed-use development.”

Norquist said that after 40 years full-time work, he was looking forward to spending time writing and teaching.

The CNU board has formed a search committee to select a successor, and hopes to announce the new president in the spring of 2014.