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Stockbridge gains new city planner
by Nneka M. Okona
April 17, 2013 11:11 AM | 1601 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Vicki Coleman was recently named the city of Stockbridge’s city planner, a role that a combination of being a resident of Stockbridge for a number of years and extensive work experience prepared her for.

Coleman has worked in planning and development throughout metro Atlanta for more than a decade but wanted to utilize her experience in her own community.

Prior to taking this new position, in addition to work in planning and development, she worked in the capacities of consulting, local government, comprehensive and capital planning as well as economic development.

She said building the right relationships is a crucial aspect of working in planning and development.

“I have experience building relationships with organizations such as community improvement districts and business associations, which are essential to a city’s growth and long term development,” she said.

Coleman’s short and long term goals in her new role parallel the priorities set by the city.

“In short term, the city is focused on a comprehensive review of its code of ordinances,” she said. “The city also wants to review and update its sign ordinance, the city’s design standards and explore overlay districts in the downtown corridor as well as the Eagle’s Landing Parkway corridor.”

Aside from her goals, Coleman said she hopes to make investment a priority in Stockbridge.

“As city planner, I want to create an environment that encourages development and attracts new investment to the city,” she said. “I hope to accomplish this by encouraging both new development and redevelopment that is attractive and enhances the overall development and businesses we attract to the city.”

Adequate infrastructure and partnerships are her other priorities.

“I want to ensure that the city has the necessary infrastructure that supports the type of development businesses we seek to attract to the city,” she said. “I am [also] hoping to build and strengthen the relationships within the business and development community.”

Thus far, Coleman said she has been focused on immersing herself in the city’s priorities in these first few weeks.

This has included familiarizing herself with the current zoning and redevelopment processes, reviewing previously adopted city plans and projects recommended for implementation and reviewing city codes.

“Everything is going very well,” she said.

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