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Nathan Pennington Selected as Planning Director

We are pleased to announce that Nathan Pennington has been selected as the Planning Director for Buncombe County. He has been Interim Planning Director since the retirement of Jon Creighton on January 1.

Nathan has been with Buncombe County since 2015, and was previously with the City of Asheville’s Planning Department and has both urban and rural planning experience in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Florida. During his time as Interim Planning Director, he has demonstrated a strong understanding of zoning and planning issues, procedures within the County, and has worked with municipalities to assure understanding and cooperation as well. Nathan’s experience has been particularly helpful in navigating the zoning and planning requirements for the Solid Waste Transfer Station expansion as well as the new East Asheville Library.  He has also worked well with both developers and residents in understanding and navigating zoning and planning processes. 

“My philosophy is that the Planning Department strives to set the standard for balancing the needs and expectations of our residents, development community, service providers, tourists, and guests and hope to foster these principles in my new role,” said Nathan.

Congratulations to Nathan on his new role.