- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Minot has hired a new planning director.

Robert Davis did planning work for the Royal Commission in Saudi Arabia and helped Detroit with recovery from the Great Recession, the Minot Daily News (https://bit.ly/2adqo2o ) reported.

City Manager, Lee Staab says Davis’ background in public planning makes him an ideal fit for the city’s goals. In Minot, one of his main duties will be helping the community recover from the devastating 2011 Souris River Flood.

“I’m tremendously excited for this opportunity,” Davis said. “I’ve been to many places and had the opportunity to use my talents in many ways, but from what I’ve seen and heard about Minot, I can’t wait to get going on planning for the future of this growing community and getting the National Disaster Resilience Program moving forward.”

Minot is getting $74 million through the Housing and Urban Development’s National Disaster Resiliency Competition to help recover from the flood that caused $700 million in damage. The city has six years to spend the money.

“There’s no time to waste,” Davis said. “I’ve already begun our work on updating the 2012 Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code.”

The Planning Department will merge resilience, community development, and economic development activities with the hope of making wide-ranging improvements to Minot’s quality of life.

Former City Planner Carter Thompson resigned in March after less than a month on the job, criticizing the city for what she called an inequitable administration of zoning codes. The city’s engineer and manager said Thompson’s accusations were groundless.


Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com

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