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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