Clemmons hires new planner

Published 10:07 am Tuesday, January 3, 2023

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Doug Moore brings 30 years of experience to position

The Village of Clemmons didn’t have to look far to find its new planner.

Doug Moore, who joined the staff in December, most recently served as housing programs manager for the City of Winston-Salem. He brings 30 years of local government and nonprofit experience in planning, zoning, development reviews and project management.

Village Manager Mike Gunnell announced the hiring of Moore as the new planning and community development director for Clemmons. Moore replaces Nasser Rahimzadeh, who resigned his position in September after a little more than three years on the job.

“I am confident that Doug is an excellent fit for the position,” Gunnell said. He brings a wealth of planning and development knowledge and experience. He will be a great asset for the village.”

Moore earned a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and has served in similar roles in Colorado, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Louisiana in addition to North Carolina.

I am excited to work with the community and serve with such an amazing team,” Moore said. The village has a unique character, and I am both excited and honored to have the opportunity to contribute to its continued success.

With the tremendous growth and development in Clemmons and the surrounding area, the planning department has been busier than ever with numerous projects in recent years. An upcoming two-day retreat Jan. 23-24, which will replace the regular council meeting normally held on the fourth Monday each month, will cover many topics involving planning.

The retreat agenda lists Unified Development Ordinance updates — including rewriting ordinances, planned residential developments, required parking and plantings, and a number of multifamily and single-family projects. Other areas to be addressed will include influencing growth outside the village’s borders, annexation and rezoning sequencing procedures.

In January 2021, Clemmons added Caroline Drake as a planning technician. And Amy Flyte, who was brought on to fill the newly created position of assistant village manager last June, served as senior planner in Davie County before coming to the village.

In addition, there is another item on the retreat agenda regarding a Planner I position to address the increased workload of the planning technician.