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City Restructures PCD, Renews Focus on Housing
Posted Date: 12/3/2012 2:00 PM

In a strategic effort to enhance its approach to housing compliance and code enforcement, the City of Greensboro is restructuring its Planning and Community Development Department (PCD). Among the moves is the formation of the Neighborhood Services Division, which renews the City’s focus on addressing neighborhood and housing issues.

According to City Manager Denise Turner Roth, this is the first in a series of steps designed to address the department’s structure, resources and internal processes as it overcomes challenges raised in recent months.

“Ensuring the safety and quality of the residential housing in Greensboro is a top priority for the City and the Planning and Community Development Department,” says Roth. “We are working diligently to address the concerns we have with our minimum housing and code enforcement. After reviewing the structure and operation of the department, I’m confident these moves place the right people and resources in a position to succeed.”

Roth says that under the continued direction of PCD Director Sue Schwartz, a new deputy director position and new Neighborhood Services Division will bolster the leadership and oversight of the City’s compliance processes. The Neighborhood Services Division is managed by Barbara Harris, who moves over from her position as the department’s development division manager. Harris oversees the two primary functions of the division, formed out of existing departmental services, which include housing rehabilitation along with compliance and minimum housing code. The City will conduct a competitive search for a deputy director.

For more information, call Donnie Turlington at 336-373-3769.

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