July 6, 2020
Oxford-native, Ian Vanness has been hired as Richmond’s new City Planner.
Ian’s background includes time at Price Hill Will, a nonprofit community development organization in Cincinnati, where he worked on a neighborhood map exploring the impact of housing and economic development,and Cincinnati’s Planning Department.
The committee was impressed not only with his abilities but also with his approach. Being from the region, he articulated a passion for supporting growth through planning while recognizing the challenges that face communities like Richmond, such as population and infrastructure decline:
"I'm grateful for this opportunity to serve the City of Richmond as City Planner. It has been my dream to work as a city planner in a historic-midwest city. Richmond has a lot of positive momentum happening that I'm excited to become a part of!"
He fills the position after nearly 6 months of vacancy, during which period Matt Evans, GIS Coordinator served as the Interim Planner. Ian will be moving many planning-related projects outlined in the Richmond Rising: Community Action Plan forward. According to Beth Fields,Director of the Department:
“We’re really excited that we were able to attract someone with Ian’s passion and experience for community planning to our City team. Ian’s knowledge and capacity are going to be allow him to hit the ground running and immediately make a positive impact our community.”
Ian holds a Master’s degree in Community Planning and a Geographic Information Science Certificate from the University of Cincinnati.
Department of Infrastructure and Development, City of Richmond
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