1/23/2014Dunwoody Appoints Steve Foote as New Community Development Director
Dunwoody, GA – January 23, 2014 – The City of Dunwoody today announced the appointment of Steve Foote as the city’s new Community Development Director. Mr. Foote comes to Dunwoody from the City of Mt. Juliet, Tenn. where he served as that city’s Planning Director since 2009.
A member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Foote has more than 27 years of experience with local government planning and community development. In his new position, Mr. Foote will help usher in a newly implemented zoning ordinance (Chapter 27) and set of land development regulations (Chapter 16), both of which were adopted by the City Council on October 14, 2013.
“Steve’s ability to engage with the community and his breadth of experience in the field of community planning will provide the citizens of Dunwoody with a knowledgeable and passionate community development leader,” said City Manager Warren Hutmacher. “Steve has demonstrated success and innovation throughout his career. I’m confident we’ll find Steve to be a tremendous asset to Dunwoody’s future efforts to maintain stable residential neighborhoods and promote quality growth and development in our commercial areas.”
Mr. Foote earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from James Madison University and attended graduate school at Arizona State University. He began his planning career in Prescott, Arizona in 1986, and gained additional experience in Mesa and Gilbert, Arizona, before moving to Alabama where he was Director of Community Development for the City of Gulf Shores. He has extensive experience in leadership positions in his field and has served as President, Vice President, Section Representative, and Conference Chairman of the Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association.
“I am looking forward to helping Dunwoody continue to be a great place to live, work and play,” said Steve Foote. “My approach begins with careful, collaborative planning and community interaction to help ensure responsible and consistent customer service.”
The City of Dunwoody’s Community Development Department is responsible for managing the planning and zoning functions of the City as well as development regulation, code compliance and sustainability programs. The department is administered through a municipal services agreement with the firm Clark Patterson Lee and in his role as Director, Mr. Foote will be solely dedicated to serving the City of Dunwoody as a direct employee of the firm. The Community Development Director will play a key role in managing development and land use matters and working cooperatively with the City Council, Planning Commission as well as homeowners and businesses involved in the development process. The Department is committed to excellent service and high standards for quality development.