Northwest NEWS

September 13, 1999

Local News

City Planner Stephanie Cleveland leaving Woodinville

by Marshall Haley, staff reporter

   WOODINVILLE--Stephanie Cleveland is leaving her five-year term with the City of Woodinville's Planning and Development Dept. this Thursday, Sept. 16, to become Director of Community Development for the City of Stanwood on Sept. 27.

   Cleveland has worked for the City of Woodinville since December 1994, starting as a Project Planner. She earned promotions to Senior Planner, heading the Long Range Planning Division, and last year, to City Planner.

   "I am leaving here with very mixed emotions," said Cleveland. "But I look forward to my new opportunity and to being ten minutes from work, instead of an hour and ten minutes, especially since my son turns one on the twentieth (of September)."

   Cleveland was team leader for the City's Comprehensive Plan under the state Growth Management Act (GMA) and for the New Sign Code and Implementation Program, according to her boss, Ray Sturtz. She also drafted the Tourist District Master Plan, the Shoreline Master Plan, and the city's GMA development regulations.

   Cleveland was the project lead for the Willows Lodge and Red Hook Brewery developments, the Columbia Winery expansion, the Joint City-County Affordable Housing Project, and for GMA monitoring of buildable lands and benchmark programs. She was the city staff lead for the Salmon Task Force and was technical advisor and administrator for staff interaction with the Planning Commission.

   "Stephanie has been a major player in the successful development of this new city, and will be a tremendous asset to the City of Stanwood as their next Planning Director," said Sturtz.

   "I will definitely miss working with Stephanie, both as a co-worker and as a personal friend," said City Clerk Sandra Steffler. "She is very professional, on the ball, and always knew the answers to every issue. I'll miss her, but I'm very happy for her success."