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Pete Sullivan, AICP, is a Senior Manager in Durham, North Carolina’s City-County Development Services Center. In this role Pete manages customer service functions, including property inquiries, application submittals, cashiering, and technology systems. Prior to joining the City, Pete was Senior Associate with Clarion Associates, in Chapel Hill, NC, where he specialized in zoning & land use regulation and digital publication. Pete is the former Co-Chair of the Communications and Public Affairs Committee of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association, and an occasional contributor to Planetizen. Pete has written for Zoning Practice and his project work been recognized by the Washington State Governor’s Office, Puget Sound Regional Council and Washington State Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Recent Posts

Blog post
March 2, 2021, 7am PST

The 2020s is the decade of Mars. Last week NASA's Perseverance rover became the sixth American robot to land on the red planet, and the third visitor this month. Where are we going with Mars, who will get us there, and what is the ultimate goal?

Pete Sullivan
May 11, 2017, 5am PDT
Durham, North Carolina, joins the ranks of local government agencies who have shifted to an integrated development services model focused on customer service.
North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association
Blog post
November 5, 2016, 1pm PDT
On November 8, voters in the nation’s northwest corner will decide on I-732, which would create a carbon tax swap and potentially become a new model for fighting climate change.
Pete Sullivan
Blog post
October 19, 2016, 2pm PDT
Love 'em or hate 'em, drones are coming. But is the issue of aesthetics getting enough treatment in the drone wars?
Pete Sullivan
Blog post
August 29, 2016, 11am PDT
Making better places is a core value for many planners, but don’t let a lack of passion stand between you and a strong career in planning.
Pete Sullivan
Blog post
June 28, 2016, 11am PDT
Do you remember exactly when you wanted to become an urban planner? Neither do I.
Pete Sullivan
June 8, 2016, 1pm PDT
This month a new generation of urban planners will transition from planning school to the workplace—it is a season for new ideas.
North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association
April 17, 2016, 5am PDT
Urban planning students at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill’s Department of City and Regional Planning recently participated in a valuable career–building workshop: the mock interview. Below are tips on how to organize a similar event.
North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association
September 22, 2015, 10am PDT
This week Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas submitted permits to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to build a 550-mile natural gas pipeline across three mid-Atlantic states.
WRAL
August 2, 2015, 11am PDT
Two adjacent properties in downtown Durham totaling 18 acres were recently purchased by developers planning for intensive mixed use projects near the former tobacco warehouse district and future light rail station.
The Raleigh News & Observer