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Orange County North Carolina - Familiarity experience factor as Orange County hires Stober to be next Planning Director 20 May 2022 ( news )
Orange County , state North Carolina ( By Press Release office)
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Orange County did not have to look far for its next Planning Director . County manager Bonnie Hammersley announced May 20
that Cy Stober , who is currently the Development Director for the City of Mebane , would fill the position created by the retirement of Craig Benedict .
“We are thrilled to find someone so well - qualified who is also familiar with the issues facing Orange County , ” Hammersley said . “Cy’s background includes experience with state , federal , local and regional governments , which will be a tremendous asset for Orange County . ”
“As Planning Director of Mebane , I have witnessed the county’s commitment to innovative and progressive planning , ” Stober said . “In order to meet the challenges of unprecedented growth , Orange County will need to maintain its role as a proponent of economic development , regional partnerships , transportation efficiency , and sustainability while also maintaining its emphasis on equity , accountability and environmental protection . ”
As Mebane’s Development Director , Stober oversees development and growth for a fast - growing city of 18 , 000 residents . His duties included approval and oversight of the construction of hundreds of houses and millions of industrial square feet , from the initial permits through the issuance of the certificate of occupation .
Under his leadership , Mebane created a historic downtown small area plan; implemented a bicycle and pedestrian plan; and managed regional and local transportation plans to construct multimodal infrastructure for a growing city .
“My role has required me to cultivate a familiarity with Orange County’s Unified Development Ordinance , ” said Stober . “I have collaborative working relationships with the Orange County Planning , Transit , Soil and Erosion Control , Land Records , and Management departments as well as staff at the NCDOT and other municipalities in the county and region . ”
Stober earned a B . S . in Biological Sciences from Ohio University and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University .
He has worked with the City of Mebane since 2017 . Prior to that , he served as a Source Water Assessment Program Manager for the N . C . Department of Environmental Quality and was a Senior Regional Planner for the Piedmont Triad Regional Council , which provided services to 74 local governments throughout 12 counties , including Alamance . He began his career as Environmental Education/Outreach Coordinator for the U . S . Environmental Protection Agency ( Region 3 ) as part of an Americorps Service Year .
Stober replaces Benedict , who retired April 1 after 23 years of service to the county . Stober’s first day on the job will be June 21
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