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City of Wilmington North Carolina - New Director of Planning and Development Named 20 May 2022 ( news )
City of Wilmington , state North Carolina ( By Press Release office)
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The City of Wilmington has named Linda Painter as Director of Planning and Development following a competitive nationwide search . Painter , who previously served as Director of Planning and Development for the Town of Mansfield , Connecticut , will join the city on July 5 , 2022 .
“I’m looking forward to helping the community meet the challenges of accommodating a growing population while maintaining the character and livability that made them want to call Wilmington home . The city has a talented team of planners who have a great deal to be proud of , and I am eager to have the opportunity to work with them . I am especially excited about the opportunity to advance the city’s commitment to equitable opportunities for all those who call Wilmington home to share in the city’s prosperity and quality of life , ” Painter said . “While there are several major projects on the horizon that will have tremendous positive impact on the city , I’m also motivated to get started on the smaller , neighborhood scale projects that will make the city more connected and convenient and improve the day - to - day lives of residents . ”
Painter brings more than 20 years of experience in both the public and private sectors to the role . She began her career as a Planner for the City of Orlando , Florida in 1995 after receiving a Master of Science Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994 . She has also served a Deputy Director of Planning and Policy for the City of Providence , Rhode Island , Chief Planner/Zoning Official for the City of Orlando , Fla . , and an Urban Planner at Edaw Inc .
Deputy City Manager Thom Moton helped lead the search process and believes Painter is an ideal fit for Wilmington . “Wilmington has an exceptional team of planners who have produced incredible work over the past several years , with a new Comprehensive Plan and wholesale rewrite of our Land Development Code . Linda’s broad experience in both larger and historic cities will provide a valuable leadership complement to our Planning and Development team , and we are excited to have her join the city , ” said Moton .
As Director , Painter will lead a staff of 24 , overseeing urban planning , historic preservation , zoning administration and enforcement , current planning , and development review functions , as well as serve on the city’s Executive Management Team .
The City of Wilmington’s Department of Planning and Development is nationally award - winning and recently implemented a new Land Development Code , overhauling the regulations for the first time in 40 years , which will physically shape the future of Wilmington .
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