Pete Sullivan, AICP, is a Senior Manager in Durham, North Carolina’s City-County Development Services Center, where he is responsible for customer service and quick turn-around zoning approvals. His teams administer development application, payment, and technology systems; provide front line customer service; fulfill property and zoning reports; and issue approvals for small business, land division, and construction. 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 (APA), and an occasional contributor to Planetizen. He has written for Zoning Practice and has been featured as speaker at national and state planning conferences. 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.
Mars Perseverance Rover and the Future Colonization of Mars
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Durham, NC, Reorganizes to Streamline Development Review
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Washington State's Big Climate Policy Experiment
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Does Urban Planning Require Passion?
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