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Troutdale seeks new planning director

Troutdale Planning Director John Morgan was brought in to the city in July 2014 on a temporary basis to help turn around the city’s planning services.

With many of the established goals now accomplished, the city is now searching for a permanent planning director.

“I always looked at it as fairly short term,” Morgan said. “This was a time of transition when the (City) Council wanted to see a real effort to streamline everything to revisit and revamp all of the systems, keeping with the Council goals to remove barriers to development.”

For the most part, Morgan said he feels a lot of that has occurred.

“My work since I started July 1 has been to approach all of the things here in the hope to do some serious reformation to make the processes work a lot better,” he said.

But with other cities also on his plate, Morgan said he hasn’t been able to dedicate the time the city needs to really move forward.

“I told Craig (Ward, city manager) the city really needs someone in here full time who can not only give full time, but full focus,” he said. “There’s so much going on, so much need, I can never put all of my energy into it.”

With an advertisement posted last week, Morgan said the department’s goal is to have someone on board in July.

“I will, under my contract, continue to finish up some of the projects, like code updating, that I’m doing, but turn over the responsibility and focus to a new director,” Morgan said.

Applications are due by Sunday, May 10.

For more information, visit the city’s website at www.ci.troutdale.or.us.

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