Alaina Ray is Loudoun County’s new Director of the Department of Planning and Zoning, County Administrator Tim Hemstreet announced today. Ray was promoted to director after serving as Deputy Director of Planning and Zoning since October 2017.
“We had a very strong and competitive pool of applicants from across the country,” said Hemstreet. “Alaina has demonstrated exceptional leadership since her arrival in Loudoun and I am confident that she will continue to meet the challenges of our fast-growing community in her new role, including the implementation of the Loudoun 2040 Comprehensive Plan once it is adopted by the Board in 2019.”
Over the last year, Ray has served as project manager for the Envision Loudoun process that led to the development of the draft Loudoun 2040 Comprehensive Plan, which will be the county government’s guide in land use decisions and transportation policy for the future.
Prior to joining Loudoun County, Ray served as Planning, Zoning and Building Director in Longboat Key, Florida. She also served as Director of Economic and Community Development for Orange Park, Florida, and Assistant Director of Community Development for Rowlett, Texas. In addition, Ray worked as a project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Everglades Restoration Project, the largest watershed restoration project in U.S. history.
As director of the Department of Planning and Zoning, Ray will oversee an agency that works closely with the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission and the public in the development of policies and plans that guide the use of land in the county. The department manages land development applications for re-zonings and special exceptions to determine consistency with county plans and ordinances. The department also administers and enforces the provisions and regulations of the Loudoun County Zoning Ordinances.
Ray holds a certified planner credential through the American Institute of Certified Planners. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Texas – Dallas.
More information about the Loudoun County Department of Planning and Zoning is online at www.loudoun.gov/planningandzoning.
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