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Vancouver announces new planning director

Vancouver announces new planning director

VANCOUVER — Vancouver officials have announced that Theresa O’Donnell will take over as Vancouver’s new director of planning and general manager of planning, urban design, and sustainability.

O’Donnell has an extensive background with more than 30 years in policy development, program administration and economic development, including as director of planning and development for the cities of Las Vegas, Nevada and Arlington, Texas.

She also served as director of sustainable development and construction, interim assistant city manager and chief resilience officer for the City of Dallas and has managed multimillion-dollar operating and capital budgets. O’Donnell joined the City of Vancouver in March 2019 as deputy director of planning.

“Theresa has a well-earned reputation as a problem-solver, and I know we can rely on her professionalism and experience to help build a Vancouver that works for everyone,” said Mayor Kennedy Stewart in a statement.

O’Donnell’s new role includes working on planning, policy, urban design and major development negotiations. She is also a voting member of the city’s development permit board. O’Donnell has been acting in this position since the departure of Gil Kelley in March.

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