June Lunch Meeting — What’s Happening in Tucson?

Tucson’s city government has seen plenty of changes in the past year, so please join us for our June lunch meeting with representatives from the office of Planning and Development Services. They will be discussing the changes to the department as well as the accomplishments and initiatives of City Manager Michael Ortega’s administration.

Nicole Ewing Gavin has served as Interim Director of Planning and Development Services since January, charged by the City Manager with making improvements to the department. She has been with the city for twenty years, previously heading up the Office of Integrated Planning and working for many years in the City Manager’s Office. Her career has focused on planning and project management in a variety of capacities, including the Grant Road RTA planning process, City/County Water and Wastewater Study, City Water Service Area policy, Plan Tucson (the general plan update), impact fee studies, annexation, economic development, and budget/funding initiatives such as the Proposition 409 road bond program. Nicole holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Arizona and is certified as a professional planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

Lynne Birkinbine was most recently the Deputy Administrator for the Office of Integrated Planning and is now Interim Deputy Director of Planning and Development Services. She has been with the City for sixteen years. She left private sector consulting to work for Council Member Carol West and then moved to Environmental Services, where she managed staff in four sections: environmental regulatory compliance, brownfields, recycling, and landfill waste acceptance. During the past three years, she has led several key projects for the City Manager’s Office and OIP including the privatization of TCC management, oversight of historic preservation, development of the City’s bond package for the County bond program, the Ronstadt Transit Center Joint Development Project, and several projects focused on department needs and assets. She has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

Clayton Trevillyn has been with the City of Tucson for ten years, starting as a building inspector and advancing through residential and then commercial plan review before being appointed the Interim Building Official. He has been involved with a number of special projects within PDS, including sustainable ordinances and operational improvements to expedite the permit process. Before joining the city, he worked in both residential and industrial construction in eleven different states and Mexico, experience that provided him with a broad base of knowledge and the ability to work with contractors and designers as they attempt to align development goals with adopted regulations. He is a Certified Building Official through the International Code Council.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 21, 11:30-1:00
WHERE: Scottish Rite Cathedral – Ochoa Room
33 Ochoa Street, 2 blocks south of Broadway between Stone & Scott (side entrance on north side of building).
COST: $25 SAAEMA members, $35 guests in advance, $40 guests at the door
RSVP: Tommy Roof tlroof@weoneil.com no later than noon, Friday, June 17.

A NOTE ABOUT PARKING: The west lot behind the Scottish Rite Cathedral has been sold, so they are no longer able to offer us free parking. Please park at a street meter or at the La Placita parking garage on Stone and Broadway, less than a block away.

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