The Town of Osoyoos has a new Director of Planning and Development Services.
Gina MacKay brings an extensive background in planning and development at the senior planner and management levels in both the private and public sectors to the position that opened when Alain Cunningham passed away suddenly last September.
Ms. MacKay expects to begin her new assignment on Monday.
She can expect to be busy right away, according to Town of Osoyoos CAO Barry Romanko.
He delivered a laundry list of important projects that will land on Ms Mackay’s desk almost immediately — and a few others that will fill up her spare time.
“There are two projects we’re looking at right now,” Mr. Romanko said. They include an Urban Forestry Bylaw and a Downtown Revitalization initiative that now has a working group in place.
“Those will have to be finished up and implemented,” he said.
Other projects on the table include moving forward affordable housing in the community and a review of the Official Community Plan, among others.
Ms. MacKay will also be responsible for a planning and development team of four.
Her most recent employment was with the District of Mission as Manager of Long Range Planning and Special Projects.
In that capacity, she was instrumental in the preparation of the District’s new Official Community Plan, working with First Nations on Crown land management agreements, administrating complex development proposals and working cooperatively with Habitat for Humanity on a local housing project, the Town says.
Ms MacKay has also worked closely with the municipality’s Economic Development Department in preparing plans for industrial, commercial and residential land use and in the development of incentive programs aimed at increasing employment opportunities for local residents.
She has also worked with the City of Courtenay, Columbia Shuswap District, Bowen Island and the City of Williams Lake.
The Town of Osoyoos says it is confident Ms. MacKay brings the skills, knowledge and personal suitability that will assist Osoyoos in meeting its present and future planning and development challenges.