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Kathleen A. Garcia

"Sensitive infill development, sustainability, community character, natural resource protection, and great open spaces are issues at the forefront of Del Mar’s planning.  And these are the issues I’m most passionate about.  It will be wonderful to work in a city that is committed to its natural environment, concerned about development and intent on maintaining what it values most. 

"I look forward to the challenge.  I appreciate an engaged community and I know Del Mar residents really care about where they live.  That makes this job all the more critical, and all the more interesting to me.  I’ve been very impressed with the team I’ve met to date and quite enthused about working in the community."  ..... Kathleen Garcia     

Sensitive infill development, sustainability, community character, natural resource protection, and great open spaces are issues at the forefront of Del Mar’s planning. And these are the issues I’m most passionate about. It will be wonderful to work in a city that is committed to its natural environment, concerned about development and intent on maintaining what it values most.”

This from Kathleen Garcia who will be Del Mar’s new Planning Director. With 22 years managing a top design firm, her work has focused on public sector projects, including planning for urban communities, parks, open spaces, waterfronts, civic spaces, and educational institutions, all with a commitment to sustainability. Ms. Garcia holds a master’s degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley. Dedicated to green and sustainable building practices, Ms. Garcia is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional, U.S Green Building Council’s indicator of the most qualified, educated, and influential green building professionals in the industry.

She says, “I look forward to the challenge. I appreciate an engaged community and I know Del Mar residents really care about where they live. That makes this job all the more critical, and all the more interesting to me. I’ve been very impressed with the team I’ve met to date and quite enthused about working in the community.“

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Below is the information provided in the City's press release.

The City of Del Mar will announce tomorrow, October 21, the appointment of Kathleen A. Garcia as Planning and Community Development Director. 

The selection of Ms. Garcia concludes a national recruitment with over 80 applicants. Said Karen Brust, City Manager, "finding an individual with the right fit with the community and the City Council was absolutely essential given the engaged population and the City's advanced planning requirements.  We are fortunate to have found a Planning and Community Development Director with such exceptional credentials, and one who understands the importance of process and has the desire to make real contributions to the future of Del Mar.  We are delighted to welcome Ms. Garcia to our staff and to our City." 

Kathleen Garcia is an experienced planner in public sector projects.  Most recently, Ms. Garcia has practiced with the nationally recognized planning and design firm Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT), where she has worked for 25 years. 

She has been the Director of WRT's San Diego office for the past 22 years and a Principal with the firm since 1998. Managing a staff ranging from ten to eighteen, Ms. Garcia's professional work focused on public sector projects, including planning for urban communities, parks, open spaces, waterfronts, civic spaces, and educational institutions, all with a commitment to sustainability. 

Ms. Garcia holds a master's degree from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley.  Dedicated to green and sustainable building practices, Ms. Garcia is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional, U.S Green Building Council's indicator of the most qualified, educated, and influential green building professionals in the industry. 

Ms. Garcia was actively involved in the City of San Diego's 2008 General Plan Update. The plan included the "City of Villages" smart growth strategy that focused growth into mixed-use villages that are pedestrian-friendly of different scales, and linked to the transit system. The plan addressed protections for industrial lands, provisions for urban parks, and policies to further preserve San Diego's historical resources and open space lands. She began as the citizen's Chair for the Urban Form & Environment subcommittee, then as an active reviewer when Planning Commissioner. 

Ms. Garcia evidences a strong commitment to public service  demonstrated by her involvement in several civic and academic organizations.  She recently completed her 8-year mayoral appointment as Vice Chairperson of the San Diego Planning Commission.  She has served on two Design Review Boards: the University of California Riverside Design Review Board and the City of San Diego's Old Town Design Review Board.  Ms. Garcia also teaches Sustainable Planning in the Urban Studies & Planning program at the University of California San Diego. 



 
 

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