Springfield Hires New Director of Planning and Development

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – City Manager Jason Gage has appointed Susan Istenes as the Planning and Development Manager for the City of Springfield, effective February 15. Istenes is currently the Planning and Development Director for the City of Clayton, Missouri, a position she has held since 2010

Istenes holds a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Blacksburg State University, Va., And decades of experience leading planning and design functions. development in various cities. She began her formal career in Florida, before moving to Missouri.

In her current role at Clayton, she oversees staff responsible for all aspects of overall planning, zoning administration, building / building permit review and issuance, and related code enforcement. . She coordinates and leads the site plan review process and rezoning process for major development proposals ensuring that the proposals comply with local and national laws and regulations; administers zoning laws, prepares town planning studies and long-term plans.

“I’m excited to join the city team and I really love this part of the state and the city,” said Istenes. “My time in Springfield has been positive and enjoyable; the people are friendly and helpful. The area is beautiful, the city offers great urban amenities and services but retains a small town feel. I appreciate the city’s commitment to historic preservation, its downtown area and its proximity to rural areas and open spaces. I have always had a good “vibe” when visiting the area and a sense of community pride in the city. “

Springfield’s Planning Director oversees a team of 25 employees and serves as a senior advisor to the City Manager and other community stakeholders and leads the preparation and maintenance of the city’s master plan, Forward SGF, a project that ‘Istenes says she can’t wait to finish.

“Susan brings to our organization the perfect blend of technical knowledge and leadership experience. We are very pleased that she is leading our planning and development department, ”said City Manager Jason Gage.

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