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Published on July 13th, 2015 |


Atlanta’s new planning commissioner to address NCA on July 15

Atlanta’s new Planning Commissioner Tim Keane will be the featured speaker Wednesday, July 15, at the meeting of the Northwest Community Alliance of neighborhoods and businesses, at 7 p.m. at the Northside Park Baptist Church, 1877 Howell Mill Road.

Tim Keane

Tim Keane

“We especially appreciate that Mr. Keane accepted our invitation considering he started in his position on July 1,” said Michael Koblentz, chairman of the Northwest Community Alliance (NCA). “Commissioner Keane is clearly one of Mayor Kasim Reed’s best cabinet picks.”

Commissioner Keane was most recently the Director of Planning, Preservation and Sustainability in Charleston, SC. He started working for the Charleston planning department in 1999, left for six years to work in the private sector, then returned to the city to eventually take the director’s position.

In a recent article in Charleston’s The Post and Courier newspaper, Commissioner Tim Keane wrote, “I wouldn’t leave Charleston for just anything…This is a big job in a big city and it’s a real opportunity because Atlanta is growing so fast. And it has the resources so it can compete among the biggest cities and that interests me.”

Keane received a graduate degree in architecture from the University of North Carolina and was a Knight Fellow in community building at the University of Miami School of Architecture in 2001. He served as planning director for the city of Davidson, North Carolina.

“For an organization such as the NCA, which has often interacted with all of Atlanta’s planning commissioners going back to Mike Dobbins, it’s so important that we are getting a person of Mr. Keane’s caliber, creativity and experience,” Koblentz said of the speaker. Keane has agreed to answer questions.

Northside Park Baptist Church is at the intersection of Howell Mill Road and I-75, across from the Food Truck Park. There is ample parking and the entrance is at the rear of the building in Fellowship Hall.

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