In Napa, Ken led an advisory committee formed to update the City’s Housing Element, managed review of several high profile development projects including a new 181-room hotel in downtown Napa, managed updates to the City’s vacation rental ordinance, second unit ordinance and historic preservation ordinance, and coordinated efforts with local, state and federal officials to preserve the historic downtown post office building that was slated for demolition by the USPS due to damage caused by the 2014 South Napa Earthquake. Current issues facing Napa that are shared by Windsor include affordable housing, vacation rentals, addressing economic growth and expansion in the downtown, and reviewing the future of civic center uses.
Ken previously held planning positions in the cities of Calistoga and Santa Rosa, as well as the County of Napa. While with the City of Santa Rosa, he completed preparation of the Specific Plan for the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) station in the downtown, co-led and completed a comprehensive update of the City’s General Plan, and managed preparation of a fiscal impact study for potential annexation of a large unincorporated area.
Ken holds a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Portland State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Planning from Sonoma State. He describes his leadership style as “collaborative, accessible and approachable, positive and strategic.”
Commenting on his appointment, Ken notes, “I have been impressed with how the Town has managed growth, developed community assets such as the Town Green, and sustained and grown its economy over the years. The opportunity to build upon these successes and help advance the Town’s vision and goals for the future is very exciting to me.”
Town Manager Linda Kelly stated, “The Town is very excited to bring Ken on board. His extensive planning experience in the North Bay will be extremely valuable as we continue to move through our General Plan update effort as well as the many significant development projects underway and on the horizon, including Vintage Oaks, Windsor Mill and the Russian River Brewing Company.”
The Town’s Public Works Director/Town Engineer Toni Bertolero has been serving as Interim Community Development Director since January 2016. “Toni has applied her knowledge of the Town and development processes to a number of significant projects and has most ably managed the department during an extremely busy time. The Town has been tremendously fortunate to be able to call upon her expertise and strong leadership skills,” expressed Kelly.