Wednesday, April 23, 2008

A Gift from Miami

Something very good for Key West happened last Friday. City Manager Jim Scholl hired Amy Kimball-Murley to be the City's Chief Planner (Planning Director) after a four month try-out as "rent-a-planner" -- her own words. Kimball-Murley is owner of the Miami planning consultancy Four Gates. She will close that firm to become Key West's Planning Director and head of the Planning Department.

I've watched Amy in several City Commission and Planning Board meetings and am greatly impressed with her performance so far. She has taken hold of a planning department and process that has been in disarray for a long time and begun the turn-around that is necessary. She is a welcome addition to the City's leadership staff and to the city as a resident.

Although she has made many significant improvements in the Planning arena in the four short months that she has been under contract, her work begins in earnest tomorrow evening at 5:00 PM in a Planning Workshop to begin developing a new Building Permit Allocation System, also known at the Rate of Growth Ordinance (ROGO). The workshop will be at Old City Hall. Background material is on the Planning Department page on the City web site.

The Key West Comprehensive Plan was written almost ten years ago. It is overdue to be updated, a process likely to take up to two years. Required status reports, known as Evaluation and Appraisal Reports (EARs), are supposed to be prepared annually and submitted to the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA). The last time that Key West prepared such a report was in 2005. We wish Amy and her family well.

An example of what she does is here.


Anonymous said...

Prediction: she'll be gone within a year.

Robert Kelly said...

Why do you think so?

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