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Top zoning enforcer reassigned; interim replacement named

CHARLOTTE – City-County Planning Manager Katrina J. Young – a familiar name, face and voice on the phone to many builders, developers and land-use agents – was transferred this week from her top zoning administration position.

Young will continue to be a planning manager – one of six Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department staffers who have that title – but will no longer be in charge of enforcing the city’s zoning ordinance, City-County Planning Director Debra Campbell said Wednesday.

“That is a personnel matter,” Campbell said, declining to comment on the move.



But Campbell said that Young’s temporary replacement, City-County Planning Coordinator Shad Spencer, “has impeccable customer service skills.”

Young, whose online LinkedIn profile says she is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University, did not return calls for this story.

“Shad will be interim zoning administrator until I can decide what to do with the position,” Campbell said.

Spencer said his new job entails “enforcing the code, making interpretations of the zoning ordinances, working with the Zoning Board of Adjustment, meeting with residents about issues concerning their properties, and with developers, and other things from time to time.”

Campbell also would not comment on whether Young’s $85,000 annual pay, or Spencer’s $74,000, would be affected by the move.

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