Van Arsdale leads consolidated Baltimore County Planning Department

Kamenetz merges former Office of Community Conservation with Office of Planning

August 16, 2011|By Staff Reports

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced Tuesday the formal consolidation of two community planning and support offices in county government that will now fall under one director — Andrea Van Arsdale, who was named as the county's director of planning in April.

Kamenetz said the merger combines the former Office of Community Conservation with the Office of Planning, while eliminating one director and one senior staff level position through attrition.

The new agency will be known simply as the Department of Planning.

Two deputies under Van Arsdale will be responsible for managing the county's neighborhood improvement and community development functions.

Towson resident Jeff Mayhew, currently chief of Community Planning, will become deputy director of Community Development. He has worked 21 years in the office of planning, according to county officials.

Liz Glenn, an Essex resident and formerly chief of Community Planning and Development, will serve as a deputy director of Neighborhood Improvement. She has been with Baltimore County since 1998, county officials said.

In a press release on the consolidation, Kamenetz said the county was promoting from within "to better harness the energy and expertise" of existing employees.

"They are just the people to help focus our energies on advancing projects that have tangible, direct value to our business and residential communities," he said in the release.

Mayhew will oversee the 2012 Comprehensive Zoning Map Process — which actually kicks off next month — as well as development review and strategic planning. Glenn will supervise housing services programs, homeless services and grants.

In addition, a new Division of Sustainable Communities will work on neighborhood issues and programs and projects that "reinvest in neighborhoods."

Van Arsdale, before becoming for the county's first woman planning director this year, served as a master plan coordinator in the Office of Planning, and more recently as the director of commercial revitalization in the Department of Economic Development. She has worked for the county since 1989.

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