Cotter to retire; city seeks new planning director

JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven Fulop announced on Feb. 18 that the city is hiring a new director of planning, as the longtime and esteemed director, Bob Cotter, is retiring after more than 30 years of service with the city.
“This is an exciting time to be leading the planning division in Jersey City and a great opportunity for a professional in the field,” said Mayor Fulop. “As Jersey City becomes a destination for new development and investment, our city planner will play a key role in guiding the shape and design of our city. With significant development in Journal Square and areas like Bergen Lafayette and West Side beginning to take off, this is a unique chance to be part of a dynamic urban story.”
The director of planning oversees a staff of 12 including professional planners who work with the city — developers, architects and community stakeholders to facilitate the growth and development of the city. Interested candidates can read the full job description and apply online at:
The planning director also plays a critical role preserving the diversity, history and texture of the city and works closely with the Zoning Board, Planning Board, and the Historic Preservation Commission.
Jersey City’s current Planning Director, Robert Cotter, has worked for the city for more than 30 years and for more than 25 years has served as the Director of Planning, guiding the growth and development of Jersey City. In 2012, Cotter, who has also taught Urban Revitalization at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in New Brunswick, was elected to the College of Fellows for the American Institute of Certified Planners.

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