Prince William County planning director Parag Agrawal

Prince William's new planning director Parag Agrawal, will begin his work with the county on Dec. 7.

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors has announced the hiring of Parag Agrawal as the new county planning director following a nationwide search with a public survey and competitive hiring process. 

Agrawal’s expected start date is Dec. 7, and his salary is $170,000, according to county spokesperson Sherrie Johnson.

“We are happy to welcome Mr. Agrawal to Prince William County and the level of expertise he brings to the position," Prince William County Executive Chris Martino said in a news release.

Agrawal currently serves as community development director in one of the fastest-growing communities near Atlanta, Georgia.

For three years prior to working in that position, Agrawal was the associate director of the division of statewide planning and the metropolitan planning organization for the state of Rhode Island, which has a population of 1 million people. 

Preceding his time working in Rhode Island, Agrawal was the planning and economic development director for the City of Bridgeport, Connecticut. In total, Agrawal has more than 18 years of experience in the field of planning and development, the release said.

“Mr. Agrawal brings a wealth of experience to this position, and we look forward to innovative programs to benefit Prince William County,” Prince William County Board of Supervisors at-large Chair Ann Wheeler said in a statement.

Agrawal administered Georgia's largest transfer of development rights programs and a “greenspace bond program,” both intended to help conserve and preserve land. He also recently completed metropolitan Atlanta's tree preservation ordinance and worked with private stakeholders to facilitate the development of the city’s new downtown, according to a county press release. 

Agrawal has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Aligarh University in India and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Ohio State University. He is a certified planner with the American Planning Association.

“I am excited to join the team to help move the county forward in its goals. I appreciate the opportunity to serve the citizens of Prince William County. I look forward to working with various community stakeholders to make Prince William County as the most livable community in the country,” Agrawal said.

Agrawal was selected as the top-ranked candidate after a national recruitment process. Prince William County received 34 applications from 15 states. Candidates went through an extensive vetting process as part of a contract with a recruiter, The Novak Consulting Group. 

“Agrawal distinguished himself throughout the recruitment process,” the press release said. “He believes strongly in community engagement, building positive relationships and collaboration. He is looking forward to bringing his experience in revitalization, redevelopment and land conservation to Prince William County.”

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Drronchapman

Skeptical, are you saying Prince William County, mainly Chris Martino and Rebecca Horner have. I idea what the bell they’re doing?

Skeptical

I guess he is going to commute between Charlottesville and PWC so that he can fulfill the needs of both of his new masters, that or our highly paid recruiting firm and staff charged with vetting new hires failed, AGAIN. PWC staff, the gang that consistently can't shoot straight.

https://charlottesville.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=440

Posted on: November 4, 2020

Charlottesville appoints Parag Agrawal as Director of Neighborhood Development Services

Parag Agrawal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 4, 2020

Mr. Agrawal has served most recently as Community Development Director for the City of Milton, GA

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - Acting City Manager John Blair announces the appointment of Parag Agrawal as Director of Neighborhood Development Services.

Mr. Agrawal has been with the City of Milton, GA (pop. 40,000) since 2018 where he administered the daily operations of the Community Development Department’s five function areas, including Planning and Zoning, Building Services, Land Development, Code Enforcement, and Land Conservation.

Mr. Agrawal has over 18 years’ experience in comprehensive planning, economic development, multimodal transportation systems, urban design, and historic preservation.

“It is an honor to appoint Mr. Agrawal to lead Charlottesville’s Neighborhood Development Services Department. He has experience managing a large team and skills that are well-suited to the current needs of not only the Department, but also our City,” said Blair. “I’d also like to express my appreciation to Alex Ikefuna and Missy Creasy for their service in the department during this search.”

Mr. Agrawal’s professional experience includes directing statewide planning in Rhode Island during 2015-2018 and serving as Planning Director in Bridgeport, CT during 2012-2015. He held additional positions in planning in Anne Arundel County, MD and in historic preservation in Columbus, OH.

Mr. Agrawal earned a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the Ohio State University. He has an undergraduate degree in Architecture from Aligarh University in India.

"The Neighborhood Development Services Department has very committed and talented team members, and we will work together to serve the residents of Charlottesville," said Agrawal. "I want to thank Mr. Blair for this opportunity and I look forward to working with him in his current role and as City Attorney."

Mr. Alex Ikefuna will serve as Deputy Director for Zoning alongside Ms. Missy Creasy who will maintain her status as Deputy Director for Planning. Mr. Agrawal will report initially to Acting City Manager John Blair and he will start his service in the City of Charlottesville November 30, 2020.

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