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Planning and Development Director

Bruce Knight, FAICP

Areas of Focus: department leadership, development negotiations, general economic development programs, Plan Commission, City Council, Capital Improvement Plan

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    Assistant Planning and Development Director

    Rob Kowalski, AICP

    Areas of Focus: long-range planning activities, department administration, Plan Commission, Visit Champaign County Board

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    Administrative Assistant

    Lisa Hempel

    Areas of Focus: overall department secretarial support, Plan Commission, Historic Preservation Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals support

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    Zoning Administrator

    Kevin Phillips

    Areas of Focus: zoning, building permit review, Zoning Board of Appeals, Historic Preservation Commission

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    Senior Planner for Economic Development

    T.J. Blakeman, AICP

    Areas of Focus: General economic development activities including Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Districts, Downtown Midtown, and Campustown Activities, Enterprise Zone

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    Senior Planner for Land Development

    Jeff Marino, AICP

    Areas of Focus: preliminary and final subdivision plat review, zoning ordinance text amendments, special use permits

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    Senior Planner for Advanced Planning

    Lacey Rains-Lowe

    Areas of Focus: comprehensive planning, sustainability planning, census, neighborhood wellness

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    Associate Planner

    Ben LeRoy

    Areas of Focus: long range planning , neighborhood plans, bicycle and pedestian planning, and special area studies

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    Associate Planner

    Tina Ansong

    Areas of Focus: development review, long range planning and economic development.

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    Associate Planner

    Eric VanBuskirk

    Areas of Focus: development review, historic preservation, long range planning and economic development.

If you are uncertain of whom to contact, call the Planning and Development Department at
217-403-8800 or contact us via the specific service contacts below.

Administration 
planning@champaignil.gov

Development Information
subdivisions@champaignil.gov

Zoning Administration/Signs
zoning@champaignil.gov