Christopher G. Parker AICP - Assistant City Manager: Director of Planning and Strategic Initiatives

  • Oversees department operations
  • Staff support for Planning Board, Technical Review Committee (TRC), Housing Standards Board and Community Trail Advisory Committee
  • Master Plan update coordination
  • Public Relations & Social Media coordination
  • Transportation Advisory Commission member/support
  • Transportation Improvement Program administration
  • Seacoast Metropolitan Planning Organization representative
  • Special Projects coordination

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Steve Bird, City Planner

  • Cochecho River dredging project
  • Cochecho Waterfront redevelopment oversight
  • Preservation of Land Oversight
  • Staff support for the Cochecho Waterfront Development Advisory Committee, Open Lands Committee, and Conservation Commission
  • Impact fee development

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Dave Carpenter, Community Development Planner administers the following:

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Donna Benton, AICP City Planner

  • Train Station support and administration
  • Plan review for new project conditions of approval
  • Zoning Amendment preparation
  • Subdivision and site review regulation amendment preparation
  • Plan review for new projects for approval
  • Community Trail support and administration

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Elena Piekut, Assistant City Planner/Zoning Administrator

  • Zoning Administrator and Enforcement
  • Staff support for Energy Commission
  • Staff support for Zoning Board of Adjustment
  • Technical Review Committee
  • Geographic Information Services
  • Extraction Industries administration (Gravel)
  • Zoning amendment preparation

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Jean Glidden, Office Manager for the Planning Department


  • Administrative support for Planners
  • Office Management and Coordination
  • Fields Planning and Zoning questions from public in person and on the phone

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Nancy Usbelger, Clerk for the Planning Department

  • Administrative support
  • Clerk for Planning Board and Zoning Board
  • Fields Planning and Zoning questions from public in person and on the phone