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Boise’s planning director to resign

Boise’s highest ranking planning official resigned after two years in the role.

On Friday, the City of Boise announced the resignation of Planning and Development Services Director Mark Lavin effective later this month. A press release from the city did not say where he would be going next, but Mayor Lauren McLean praised his work and Lavin was complimentary of the city’s direction.

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“It has been an honor to serve as the Director for Planning and Development Services at the City of Boise over the past two years,” Mark Lavin said in the release. “I am proud of all that our team and our community has accomplished. I am confident that city leadership is taking our community in the right direction. I look forward to working with the city to tackle future development and affordable housing as I embrace new possibilities in the private sector.”

Lavin declined an interview with BoiseDev.com about his future plans and his time at the city.

The city will begin a nationwide search for his replacement in the coming weeks. Mayor Lauren McLean’s Chief of Staff Courtney Washburn said they are searching for someone who can help move the city’s plans for affordable housing development forward.

“The leader of this department will play a vital role in helping address our need for affordable housing and partnering with our community on innovative projects to support our growth in a way that reflects our community values and improves the lives of our residents,” Washburn said.

One of several recent departures

Former Mayor Dave Bieter appointed Lavin to the job in May 2019. He is a former real estate development executive and licensed civil engineer. Prior to working for the city, he was the senior director for real estate for WinCo Foods since 2012. He had also served as a group vice president for real estate and market development at Supervalu and a vice president at Albertsons.

The press release did not say if Lavin will retire or take on another employment opportunity. He did not respond to a Twitter message inquiring about his next moves Friday afternoon.

He is one of several top officials to leave the city in the past year, including deputy director of comprehensive planning Daren Fluke, Director of Community Engagement Adam Park, Chief Operating Officer Jade Riley and Director of Community Partnerships Wyatt Schroeder.

Kelcey Stewart, former director of Human Resources at the City of Boise, will return on an interim basis to lead the Planning and Development Services department until a new director is selected, the press release said.

Margaret Carmel - BoiseDev senior reporter
Margaret Carmel is a BoiseDev reporter focused on the City of Boise, housing, homelessness and growth. Contact her at [email protected] or by phone at (757)705-8066.

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