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  • Chris Poirier appointed to planning official position

    Mar 11, 2016 | Read More News
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    Chris PoirierPima County’s Development Services Department has appointed Chris Poirier as the department’s new planning official. Poirier has served as deputy planning official for the past eight years and worked for DSD since 1999.

    The Development Services Department oversees all aspects of building and site development in Pima County, including land planning, addressing, building permits, commercial development and more. DSD also performs code enforcement and addresses land use issues in the unincorporated areas of Pima County. 

    Poirier has a bachelor’s degree in Regional Development and a master’s degree in Planning, both from the University of Arizona. 

    As DSD’s new planning official, Poirier will coordinate all land-use and zoning code changes, and oversee the department’s planning staff. In addition, he will continue to see through the implementation of the recently adopted Pima Prospers Comprehensive Plan, which culminates decades of planning efforts and policies and provides a blueprint for the county’s future efforts. 

    “One aspect of this plan I am extremely excited to address in my new role is promoting in-fill and re-use of land,” Poirier said. “Anyone who has lived here over time has witnessed the expansion of our urban and suburban areas. It is now time to take a hard look at promoting development in areas that already have infrastructure.”

    Given the various roles Poirier has held during his tenure with the department, he is well-known in the private sector planning community and by other DSD clients. 

    “His direct knowledge of county planning, zoning and development regulations, along with his understanding of county processes and history, make him an invaluable asset to the department,” said Carmine DeBonis Jr., DSD director.

    Chris Poirier replaces Arlan Colton, who retired in January.