City hires new Planning and Development Services director


Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 4:28 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 4:28 p.m.

Gainesville has a new Planning and Development Services director.

On Monday, City Manager Russ Blackburn announced the hiring of Steven J. Dush, the community development director in Dunwoody, Ga.

Dush's scheduled start date with Gainesville is Oct. 14. His annual salary will be $130,701.

In a memo to commissioners, Blackburn wrote that Dush has "more than 20 years of experience in a wide range of planning and development issues at federal, state, county and municipal levels of government."

Dush began with the city of Dunwoody in January 2012. Prior to that, he was the community development and neighborhood services director in Fort Collins, Colo., which is home to Colorado State University. Before that, he was the current planning manager for Henderson, Nev.

He has a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in community and regional planning from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Dush will oversee areas such as planning, zoning, development, building permitting and inspection, and historic preservation. In his memo to commissioners, Blackburn said Dush is expected to expedite the review of the city's proposed form-based land development services and continue work to "streamline" city policies to assist business development.

Dush succeeds Erik Bredfeldt. Bredfeldt was named economic development and innovation director in late 2012 but continued to head Planning and Development Services on an interim basis.

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