AN: What does a community development director do?
TK: Planning and zoning. For example, say a business wants to come to town and says, “Well, we’re going to locate right here.” We work with them to say, “One, you can’t locate here. That’s right in the middle of a residential area.” So, we make sure the land uses are compatible. Where they do locate, make sure they get good infrastructure — the right amount of water, sewer, things like that.
After a while, if so many have located here, then we try to plan for when it gets to a certain population in an area — we need to four-lane this road, we need to get some left-turn lanes, things like that. Just trying to head problems off before they start. It’s like shooting at a moving target all the time.
AN: Do you deal primarily with zoning issues?
TK: I deal with the zoning issues that come up. Right now, we’re trying to get some information for a housing project. For example, how much do we need to budget for housing? What’s going to be our growth? As these houses filter on out, what do we need to do to get the right housing in? ... Just try to make sure we get the right amount of housing in the right places. And not everyone can afford a house, so we need to get the right rentals.
AN: What are some of the projects you’re working on currently?
TK: For the housing thing, we’re trying to get it up and going now. We’re trying to get the request for proposals — trying to get that sent out so we can get that study done so we can find out which way we need to go.
I’m looking at trying to update and upgrade the zoning — some areas that are lacking that need some more definition or more clarity as to what does that mean. I’m trying to get some stuff working with public works; I want to work real close with them to find out what kind of projects they’ve got going on.