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Planning Department Directory

Department Phone
Main number 615-862-7150
Customer Service Desk (call here with questions) 615-862-7190
Bond Desk 615-862-7202

Executive Office

Name Department Phone
Doug Sloan Executive Director 615-862-7167
Bob Leeman AICP Deputy Director 615-862-7183
Carrie Logan AICP Assistant Director, Special Projects 615-862-7189
George Rooker Special Projects Manager 615-862-7154
Craig Owensby Public Information Officer 615-862-7192
Kelly Adams Administrative Services Officer 615-862-7171

Land Development

Land Development planners review subdivisions, rezonings, and other applications related to the zoning code, guide applicants through the development process, and write staff reports advising the Planning Commission. The Development Finance Officer processes performance bonds and letters of credit. The front counter accepts applications and answers zoning and subdivision questions.

Name Department Phone
Lucy Kempf Manager 615-862-7173
Lisa Milligan AICP Senior Planner 615-862-7203
Latisha Birkeland Planner 2 615-862-7161
Patrick Napier Planner 2 615-862-7153
Deborah Sullivan Planner 2 615-862-7190
Shawn Shepard AICP Planner 2 615-862-6263
Abbie Rickoff AICP Planner 2 615-862-7217
Karimeh Sharp Planner 1 615-862-7006
Gene Burse Planner 1 615-862-7155
Michelle Hollingsworth Development Finance Officer 615-862-7197
Jason Rust Planning Technician II 615-862-7208
Christine Shartzer Office Support Rep. II 615-862-7148

Community Plans and Design Studio

Community Plans and Design Studio planners work with residents, property owners, developers and other stakeholders to create appropriate development based on each community's needs and goals.

Name Department Phone
Michael Briggs AICP Transportation Planner 615-862-7219
Peter Bird Active Transportation Planner 615-862-7174
Anita McCaig AICP Planner 3 615-862-7156
Marty Sewell AICP Planner 3 615-862-7218
Andrew Collins Planner 2 615-862-7207
Dara Sanders Planner 2 615-862-7210
Elwyn Gonzalez AICP Planner 2 615-862-7163
Singeh Saliki Planner 1 615-862-7165
Justin Wallace Planner 1 615-862-7158
Jessica Buechler Planner 1 615-862-7184
Anna Grider Planner 1 615-862-7199

Capital Improvements Planning

Name Department Phone
Greg Claxton AICP Planner 3 615-862-7162
Laura Hardwicke Grants Coordinator 615-862-7185
Elham Daha Planner 1 615-862-7188

GIS and Mapping Services

Our MetroGIS division generates, organizes, and analyzes spatial data, creates maps, and provides information about our county’s physical structure for other Metro departments and the general public. GIS (an abbreviation of "Geographic Information Systems") is a system of hardware and software used for storage, retrieval, mapping, and analysis of geographic data; here, GIS provides a better understanding of our county's physical attributes and supports more informed decisions about land use and development.

Name Department Phone
Jennifer Higgs Director 615-880-3416
John Broome GIS Manager 615-862-7216
Kyle Lampert GIS Analyst 615-862-7179
Micah Taylor GIS Analyst 615-862-7214
Sharon O'Conner GIS Technician 615-880-2466
Josh Swiderski GIS Technician 615-862-7177
David Kline Cadastral Manager 615-880-2465
Kevin Jackson Cadastral Analyst 615-862-7181
Kathy Beers Cadastral Analyst 615-862-7175

Budgeting and Finance

Name Department Phone
Jeffrey Leach Finance Officer 615-862-7159
Josie L. Bass Administrative and Librarian 615-862-7150

Metropolitan Planning Organization/Transportation Planning

The Nashville Area Metro Planning Organization (MPO) is the federally-designated transportation planning agency for over 2800 square miles and more than 1.5 million people throughout Davidson, Maury, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson counties. Metro Planning Organization (MPO) website

Name Department Phone
Michelle Lacewell APR Interim Director 615-880-2452
Nicholas Lindeman Economic & Systems Data Analyst 615-862-7198
Anna Emerson AICP Senior Planner 615-862-7157
Mary Connelly Senior Planner 615-880-3239
Hary Prawiranata Senior Modeler 615-862-7215
Rochelle Carpenter Senior Policy Analyst 615-862-7172
Peter Westerholm Senior Policy Analyst 615-862-7211
Peter Bird Active Transportation Planner 615-862-7174
Sam Williams GIS Analyst 615-862-7204
Lou Edwards Administrative Assistant 615-862-7204

AICP Certification

Several of our planners, as noted in their individual listings, have earned what the American Planning Association calls "a high mark of distinction" in the planning profession - membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners.

AICP certification is awarded to planners who pass a rigorous examination covering the history and theory of planning, urban design, law, ethics, and quantitative methods.