Kiper promoted to director of Wayne County Planning

Kiper promoted to director of Wayne County Planning

Image Credit: Dan Starcher

Orrville native Jenn Kiper assumed the role of planning director on April 10. She replaces outgoing director Pete Wearstler.

“She has experience in every facet of planning,” Wearstler said about his replacement. “I am positive the department will continue to flourish.”

Kiper, an Ohio University graduate with a degree in environmental geography and planning, worked for the planning department from 1995-99 before moving to South Carolina.

“It’s great to be back in the planning department where I started my career,” she said.

One of the challenges facing Kiper will be updating the counties’ subdivision regulations.

“Our subdivision regulations have not been updated since 2008,” Kiper said about the project. “As part of the comprehensive plan's implementation strategy, the subdivision regulations need to be updated to manage our rural character’s growth.”

The county comprehensive plan, Wayne Onward, identifies long-term goals and desired policies, programs and projects.

The plan won the Small Town and Rural Award for Excellence in rural planning and the Award of Merit in the Comprehensive Plan — Large Jurisdiction category from the American Planning Association.

Subdivision regulations are required to develop the unincorporated area of Wayne County, as permitted under the Ohio Revised Code, and include guidelines intended to provide interpretation. Where applicable, the policies of Wayne Onward will be incorporated into the update.

Dan Starcher is a public communications specialist for the Wayne County government.

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