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Nationally Recognized Planner Bill Fulton Named San Diego Planning Director

June 17, 2013

From the San Diego Union-Tribune – Bill Fulton, a nationally recognized urban planner, was named Tuesday as San Diego’s 11th planning director, a position Mayor Bob Filner is bringing back in his first departmental appointment and reorganization since taking office last year.

Fulton, 57, a former mayor of Ventura, currently is vice president for policy and programs at Smart Growth America, a Washington, D.C. think tank that promotes non-sprawl planning.

He pledged to make San Diego “the most prosperous and sustainable and equitable city in the world.”

In his new post, starting July 8, Fulton will oversee a newly created department, tentatively called Planning and Neighborhood Restoration. Former Mayor Jerry Sanders folded the old Planning Department into the Development Services Department in 2011 as an economy move. In the 1990s, then Mayor Susan Golding’s city manager, Jack McGrory, did the same thing, and her successor, Dick Murphy, brought it back after his election in 2000. A Filner spokeswoman said the new department will number about 200 listed his salary as $175,000

“I thought folding planning into development services was not the best thing to do as a city,” Filner said at a special meeting with about 200 development staffers. He said he looked forward to taking advantage of Fulton’s extensive career experience and reputation: “He’s an inspiring figure which is what I was looking for.”

Fulton’s orders, Filner said, are to…to read the rest of this story, please click here.


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