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Andrew Garner is the City of Fayetteville’s New Planning Director


Andrew Garner is the new City of Fayetteville Planning Director.  Andrew served as Senior Planner for the City of Fayetteville since 2005.  Andrew stated, "I am excited about the opportunity the City Planning Director position provides in public service to Fayetteville, and I believe my direct experience doing the required job duties, my existing relationships with staff in this and other City divisions, and government and corporate knowledge have prepared me for this position."

As Senior Planner for the City of Fayetteville for almost eight years, Andrew’s contributions include providing leadership, direction, and management of the City Planning Division; developing and implementing short and long-range city planning programs; streamlining the development review and building permit process by designing and implementing a paperless submittal and review process for the City Planning and Building Safety Divisions; and administering city planning regulations and integration of professional planning theories.  Prior to his work with the City of Fayetteville, Andrew was an environmental planner in a private firm’s Environmental Services Division.  Andrew received his bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Harding University in Arkansas and master’s degree in Environmental Management and Policy at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. 

The City Planning Director position includes management and supervisory responsibilities; administering and interpreting zoning and development ordinances; coordinating efforts between departments and divisions to evaluate development and land use applications and enforce current ordinances; assist in current planning activities; serve as a primary facilitator for ensuring all development-related activities are consistently evaluated for efficiency and effectiveness; serve as the community contact for City planning issues; develop new ordinances and meet goals and policies set forth by Mayor and City Council; make recommendations regarding policy decisions based on experience and sound planning principles; assist in neighborhood planning; engage in revitalization and preservation activities; manage activities of the Planning Commission, Subdivision Committee, and Technical Plat Review Committee in the land use and development review process; manage staffing of the Historic District Commission, Arts Council, and Board of Adjustment; prepare and review maps, drawings and other graphics; make property site and field visits; prepare property site plans, zoning plans, and sketches; and maintain and update official City maps.

The City of Fayetteville welcomes Andrew Garner as the new City Planning Director.