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Evan Maxim Appointed as Director of Development Services Group (DSG); Dept Name Change

Nov 15, 2018 - City Manager Julie Underwood officially appointed Evan Maxim, the Interim Director of Development Services Group to the permanent role. Mr. Maxim, who previously served as the City’s Planning Manager, was appointed Interim Director on June 1, 2018, when former Director Scott Greenberg retired.

Mr. Maxim has been with the City since June of 2016 as the Planning Manager. Previously, he worked for the City of Sammamish for 14 years as a Senior Planner and Associate Planner. At Sammamish, Evan worked on notable projects such as the City’s first Town Center developments, City Hall, and the Sammamish Community and Aquatic Center. Moreover, Mr. Maxim managed several long-range planning projects, including the update of Sammamish’s critical areas regulations, tree retention ordinances, and adoption of the low impact development regulations. Prior to Sammamish, Mr. Maxim worked for the City of Issaquah.

Mr. Maxim grew up in Bellevue and has lived in east King County for the last 40 years. Mr. Maxim has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Arts – Political Science and Philosophy from the University of California, Davis.

“Over these last five months, Evan has demonstrated his leadership skills, integrity, and commitment to community engagement. He is a great addition to our team,” stated Ms. Underwood.
In addition, Ms. Underwood announced the name change for the department, changing from Development Services Group to Community Planning and Development. The goal for the change is to realign the Department’s priorities to emphasize the Department’s focus on community planning.

Ms. Underwood stated, “My vision for the department is to focus on implementing the community’s vision by delivering a safe, sustainable, well-designed built environment while protecting and preserving natural resources. And by leading with ‘community,’ we’re intentionally expressing that serving our community comes first.”

This department provides building permits and inspections, develops long-range land-use plans, implements and enforces the City’s development code, and staffs the Design Commission and Planning Commission.
In order to save money, the department name change will occur incrementally over the coming months, as business cards and other printed documents are replaced over time.

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