Maywood Hires New Urban Planner

Maywood Village Planner.jpgThursday, September 15, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

At a Sept. 15 Legal, License and Ordinance Committee (LLOC) meeting, the Maywood Board of Trustees welcomed Joshua Koonce, (pictured left), on board as the village’s new urban planner — a position that entails working in numerous areas, including zoning and economic development.

Koonce noted during brief comments at the meeting that he’s been on the job for several weeks. He replaces former urban planner Karl Palmquist, who resigned in April to take a similar position in Glendale Heights.

Before coming to Maywood, Koonce worked as a planner at the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association.

While at the SSMMA, Koonce worked with the South Suburban Land bank in order to mitigate foreclosure and vacancy problems, provided technical assistance with numerous housing initiatives and worked with 15 suburbs in the Chicago area to plan housing strategies and development opportunities, among other duties, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Koonce acquired his bachelor’s degree from Trinity Christian College and his masters in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. VFP

Above photo credited to South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association

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One thought on “Maywood Hires New Urban Planner

  1. I wish him all the best as the new Maywood Urban Planner. There is so much work to be done in the village of Maywood, with a lot of boarded up houses, vacant lots, and disinvestment in businesses. Let us see if he can bring fresh ideas to re-invent Maywood.

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