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Pleasanton hires new Community Development director

Gerry Beaudin, Mountain View zoning administrator, starts July 27

Gerry Beaudin currently the zoning administrator for the city of Mountain View, has been hired as Pleasanton's new director of Community Development Director, succeeding Brian Dolan, who has been named Assistant City Manager.

City Manager Nelson Fialho made the announcement Monday, adding that Beaudin will be responsible for overseeing all of the planning and development activities within Pleasanton's boundaries.

The Community Development Department is comprised of planning, engineering, traffic engineering and building and safety services, including building inspections. Additionally, the department includes a code enforcement officer and a permit center manager.

Fialho said the decision to hire Beaudin came "after an exhaustive and lengthy selection process."

Beaudin will start on Monday, July 27.

"We're very excited to have Gerry join the team," Fialho said. "In a crowded field of highly competitive candidates, Gerry distinguished himself to be a bright, creative and balanced thinker to match his impressive track record in city planning and community development."

Fialho added:

"Gerry has been recognized for having a reputation as a great communicator who encourages a collaborative, teamwork approach to problem solving. Community Development directors need to possess the requisite skills to handle both neighborhood issues and complex commercial efforts. Gerry has had experience in both, and his depth and breadth of knowledge and experience will serve our community well."

Beaudin has served in planning capacities in other Bay Area cities of similar size, as well as in Canada.

In his current position as Zoning Administrator in Mountain View, which is the functional equivalent of serving as a planning commission of one, Beaudin has made final land use decisions and recommendations to that city's council and was responsible for the "look and feel" of the community.

His experience includes working with large projects large to private residential developments to creating a long-range master plan for biotech giant Genentech's 200-acre campus.

"For most of my 15 years in community development, I have been fortunate to manage a variety of projects and make a positive impact in my communities, including the last 11 years in and around the Bay Area," Beaudin said.

Prior to his work in Mountain View, Beaudin served as the Principal Planner for South San Francisco, Assistant Planner for Los Altos, Assistant Planner in Toronto, Canada, and as a private planning consultant.

He has a Master's degree in Urban Planning from the University of Toronto and a bachelor's in Geography from Queens University, Canada. He holds accreditation from the American Institute of Certified Planners and the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, and is a graduate of the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

Among a number of issues facing staff planners in Pleasanton, who will report to Beaudin, are updating the Downtown Specific Plan and creating an Economic Development Zone for 35 acres of commercial real estate along I-680 to attract and promote business opportunities, including a large parcel Costco is considering to purchase.

Beaudin will have responsibility for the Community Development department's $10 million annual budget. The department has 42 full-time employees, and also employs outside consultants.

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