Atlanta names new head of planning department

Tim Keane has been named commissioner for the city of Atlanta’s Department of Planning and Community Development. Keane previously served as the director of Planning, Preservation and Sustainability for the City of Charleston, S.C. He is expected to begin his role with the city on July 1.

Prior to the announcement by Mayor Kasim Reed, Keane was responsible urban planning, design review, historic preservation and zoning for the City of Charleston. He also led Charleston’s sustainability initiatives and managed code enforcement and neighborhood beautification. In addition, his office also led the city’s tourism management planning efforts. Under his leadership, the city created a Century Five Comprehensive Plan—a ten-to-fifteen year guide for growth and development.

Keane previously served as the director of Planning for the Town of Davidson, N.C., where he led all planning and regulatory operations. He also started a private design firm where he worked with private developers on notable projects including Mixson in North Charleston—a community of green and energy efficient homes.

The Atlanta City Council must confirm Keane before his appointment is final.

Keane received his graduate degree in architecture from the University of North Carolina—Charlotte. He was a Knight Fellow in Community Building at the University of Miami School of Architecture in 2001.

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