Charlotte’s planning director behind controversial 2040 plan to leave for Greensboro

Planning director Taiwo Jaiyeoba leaves for Greensboro. Photo courtesy of the City of Charlotte

Charlotte’s planning director Taiwo Jaiyeoba, who has led the largest city-wide planning effort in decades, is moving to become Greensboro’s city manager.

The news was first reported by the Charlotte Observer. Axios looked at an email sent to council members written by City Manager Marcus Jones confirming the reports.

  • According to the letter, Jaiyeoba will begin her new role in February.
  • Greensboro City Council is expected to vote tonight to nominate Jaiyeoba, Jones said.

Why is this important: Jaiyeoba was the mastermind behind the Global plan 2040, which explains how Charlotte is expected to grow over the next two decades.

  • the very debated The plan, which was narrowly approved in June, covers everything from affordable housing to environmental sustainability.
  • In a city that is growing as fast as Charlotte, this is one of the most important documents our government has recently approved.

What they say : Before Jaiyeoba was hired, plans to rewrite the City Development Ordinance were at a standstill.

  • “Our planning was messy,” Board member Julie Eiselt tells me. “He helped us make the plan, and now we have to execute the plan. “

Now that the 2040 plan is approved, Jaiyeoba staff are working on this long-delayed prescription rewrite. Known as the Unified Development Ordinance, if approved, the document will implement the vision outlined in the plan through local regulations.

  • Shannon Binns, founder and executive director of Sustain Charlotte, fears Jaiyeoba’s departure may be a setback for these efforts.
  • He was ready to challenge the status quo, and that’s what Charlotte needed, ”he says.

And after: Deputy Director of Planning Alyson Craig will become Acting Director of Planning as the city conducts a nationwide search for Jaiyeoba’s replacement, Jones wrote.

Jaiyeoba, also deputy city manager, participated in plans to expand the light rail and other transportation options across the city. Jones said the city would search to fill the deputy general manager position.

  • Sarah Hazel, Head of City Sustainability and Resilience, will in the meantime work on the city’s mobility efforts.

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