Community Development Director Appointed
updated: Apr 15, 2014, 2:53 PM
Source: City of Santa Barbara
The City Council has approved the City Administrator's appointment of George
Buell as Community Development Director, following a nationwide recruitment
process. Mr. Buell currently serves as the Development Services Director of the
City of Oceanside.
As Community Development Director, he will oversee planning and development
services, building and safety, and housing and human services. The Community
Development Department is comprised of over 65 employees and a budget totaling
Mr. Buell has served as the Development Services Director at the City of
Oceanside with a population of 167,000 since 2008. Some significant projects
completed under his leadership include the planning and construction of a
Traffic Management Center, update of the Housing and Circulation Elements,
completion of a Coast Highway Vision and Strategic Plan, as well as many quality
infill projects along the coast and throughout inland neighborhoods. He has also
overseen studies that identified opportunities for procedural and policy
improvement to the land development and construction processes. Prior to this
position, he served as the City Planner for the City of San Clemente where he
managed the land development process and advance planning activities. Mr. Buell
has also worked in the private sector, representing both municipalities
throughout California and developers alike.
Mr. Buell received a Bachelor's degree in Urban Geography from California State
University, Fullerton and is a member of the American Planning Association.
According to City Administrator Jim Armstrong, "George brings a wealth of
experience from communities that face issues similar to Santa Barbara. He
understands the needs and land use discussions of a coastal community."
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