Nevada City planning director to leave post |

Nevada City planning director to leave post

With Paul Cogley’s departure as Nevada City planner at the end of January, city officials will be looking for the third person in the history of the 154-year-old town to hold the job.

Cogley has served as the planning director on a part-time, consulting basis since 1997. But “personal and professional” reasons are spurring his departure. In a letter to Mark Miller, Nevada City city manager, Cogley said that when he first took the job he was able to work on outside projects along with his city contract.

“However, over the years, the city planner’s duties grew to a virtually full-time position,” Cogley said. “At this time, I want to again pursue new professional opportunities and new experiences, and so a choice had to be made.”

Miller said the City Council will fill the planner’s post with either another part-time consultant or a part-time, salaried position with benefits.

“We have enough activity to justify a salaried position,” Miller said, noting that the city recoups through fees about half of what it spends on planning costs. “We want to bring that closer together.”

Cogley’s first involvement with the city began 20 years ago as a citizen when he proposed to the City Council that it should prepare the city’s general plan. Prior to Cogley, Andy Cassano served as city planner for 12 years.

Before them, planning was a shared task between several people, including the city manager and city clerk.

“Ideally, (the next planner) will be someone who understands the history and issues of Nevada County and Nevada City, if possible,” Miller said.

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