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Boise hires new planning & development chief

Boise has a new Director of Planning & Development Services.

The Boise City Council approved the appointment of Mark Lavin to the post. He replaces Derick O’Neill who left late last year to take a role with River Shore Development.

Lavin will start in the job next week. He will manage more than 100 people across four divisions, according to a news release from the City of Boise. He will also head up the city’s housing and transportation efforts.

Levin leaves a role at Boise-based WinCo Foods, where he served as a senior director of real estate. Before that he worked in similar roles at Supervalu and Albertsons. The news release says he brings a total of 30 years experience in the field to the role.

[WinCo Foods will develop ‘young professional’ apartments in its Downtown Boise parking lot]

“I think that the department will be well served,” Boise City Council Pro Tem Elaine Clegg said. “This is a big department in the city, and management is one of his specialties, and I think that this department will benefit greatly from that.”

Scot Ludwig, who in addition to duties on the council, serves on the Capital City Development Corp. board and as a private developer, acknowledged the pressure that comes with the role.

“It’s a hot seat, he will be stepping into of course,” he said. “He has 30 years of real estate experience in development and land use planning – and he’s a civil engineer also which I think will be really helpful.”

Lisa Sánchez, the newest member of the council, keyed in on a different aspect of her meetings with Lavin.

“It felt like fellowship – human to human. Something we hear often in the community is that government can lack that,” she said. “That’s why I was particularly pleased to meet him and I welcome him.”

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