COMMUNITY NEWS

Osborne named Planning and Neighborhood Development Director
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

CONCORD – City Manager Brian Hiatt and incoming City Manager Lloyd Payne have named Steve Osborne as Concord's next Planning and Neighborhood Development Director effective March 26. Osborne has worked for the City of Concord since 1989 and succeeds retiring Planning Director Margaret Pearson.

The
Planning and Neighborhood Development Department is responsible for preparing and administering plans and programs related to residential and commercial development, quality of life, strong neighborhoods, sustainability of the environment, efficient public facilities and services, diverse housing opportunities of high quality, and effective utilization of the area's land resources.

"Steve is a trusted leader within our organization and in the development community," said Payne. "We are confident that his experience along with his commitment to customer service excellence have prepared him to lead a great department and our community at large into the future."

After initially working in his native Asheboro, Osborne has served in Concord for the majority of his career, starting as community development coordinator in 1989. He has served as deputy planning director since 2003, including eight months as interim director.

His experience includes current and long-range planning, permitting, community development, zoning, code enforcement, economic development, construction management, and infrastructure improvements. During his time in Concord, he was directly involved in three downtown master plans, two small area plans, one large area, plan and two comprehensive land use plans.

"I am incredibly honored to be selected as Concord's next Director of Planning and Neighborhood Development," said Osborne. "I am looking forward to working with our highly talented planning staff, City Management, elected officials, and appointed boards as we continue to make Concord a great place to live, work, and play.”

He is a member of the
American Planning Association, a committee member for the Concord Downtown Development Corporation, and volunteers with several local organizations including Habitat for Humanity. He completed Leadership Cabarrus, the UNC School of Government Economic Development course, and certifications include American Institute of Certified Planners, Economic Development Finance Professional, NC Building Inspector Level I, NC Mechanical Inspector Level I, and NC General Contractor.

Osborne holds bachelor of science in community and regional planning and bachelor of science in geography degrees from Appalachian State University, and a master of public administration degree from UNC Charlotte. He has completed various specialized training courses in planning, community and economic development, code enforcement, construction management, planning, and personnel management.

Steve and his wife, Sara, have been married for 25 years and live in Cabarrus County. Their older daughter Bailey is a junior psychology major at Appalachian State, and younger daughter Kendall has signed to play softball at Lenoir Rhyne University while studying nursing. His personal interests include basketball and softball, being an outdoorsman, and spending time with family. He is the assistant girls' varsity basketball coach at Mount Pleasant High School. The family attends Forest Hill United Methodist Church in Concord.