Norwich Hires New Director of Planning & Zoning
Roderick Francis is the Town’s new Director of Planning & Zoning. His first day on the job is July 9 and he replaces Phil Dechert who retired in April after decades in that position.
Mr. Francis “most recently served as Brattleboro, VT’s Planning Director. Before that, he was a Planner with the Windham Regional Commission,” according to the new release issued by Town Manager Herb Durfee on Friday. Brattleboro has a population of about 11,500. The new Director has an "Ph.D. in Geography from Australia’s Monash University and taught Geography and Regional Planning at various colleges and universities, including Dartmouth College."
Town Manager Durfee indicated that, “Rod brings a fresh perspective and unique skill set to the office, especially in anticipation of a new Town Plan that will require significant re-write when it is next amended or updated.” Durfee further said, “That new Town Plan, too, will launch needed update to the Zoning Ordinance, renew discussion about affordable housing in town, and give attention to other tasks related to sustainable development, energy, and natural & historic resources.”
The full news release is here.