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Davidson names Ben McCrary planning manager

DAVIDSON — Add the title of planning manager for the town of Davidson to the name of Ben McCrary.

McCrary, who has been acting as interim planning manager since the departure of Lauren Blackburn in April, was promoted to his new post last week.

McCrary, 32, will perform the strategic and long-term planning work for the town, with responsibilities that include transportation planning, small-area plans, facilitating planning board meetings and planning department management.

A graduate of the State University of New York at Albany with degrees in urban and regional planning and geography, McCrary interned at the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission in in Pittsville, Mass., writing community development plans. He also interned at the town of Davidson’s planning department and participated in studies that included the bicycle master plan, historic district nomination and the Potts-Sloan-Beaty corridor analysis to divert traffic from Davidson’s historic Main Street.

McCrary came to Davidson two years ago as town planner after spending four years as the city planner for Newton, N.C., where he worked on ongoing development projects and the creation of small-area plans.

“Ben has proven over the past four months that he is highly capable of handling the multitude of tasks required to be the planning manager, from technical review of development plans to creatively solving regulatory issues to managing planning staff,” Town Manager Leamon Brice said in a statement.

Tony Brown can be reached at tony.brown@mecktimes.com.

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