The City of Auburn has named a new planning director, as Steve Foote was hired to fill the position last week according to a press release from the City. In his new role, Foote will be responsible for the City’s land use plan, zoning ordinance and subdivision regulations, according to the press release.
“It’s an honor to join the City of Auburn as Planning director,” Foote said. “I am impressed with the leadership, staff and development of Auburn and the professionalism of the City. Throughout my career I have been an advocate for smart growth and development that improves the quality of life for residents. I look forward to working with the City in promoting and achieving great outcomes for our community.”
Foote has over 30 years of experience working for the Cities of Spring Hill, Tennessee; Dunwoody, Georgia; and Gulf Shores, Alabama, where he said he incorporated practices such as smart growth and sustainable planning into his roles. He has also helped coordinate projects such as a 2.2 million-square-foot state farm regional campus.
“We’re excited about the insight, leadership and knowledge that Steve brings to our Planning Services Department,” said City Manager Megan Crouch. “With decades of experience, we look forward to the impact he will make as we continue to plan for Auburn’s future.”
Foote will lead the review and update of Auburn’s land use plan, as well as collaborating with other City staff in planning efforts.
Foote joined the City after previous planning director Forrest Cotton resigned in November 2020. Katie Robison served as acting planning director while the City searched for a permanent hire.
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