At Monday night's Franklin Board of Aldermen meeting, Town Manager Warren Cabe announced that Macon County employee Justin Setzer would be serving as the new Town Planner of Franklin.
“I'm honored to receive this opportunity,” said Setzer following the announcement. “I'm looking forward to working with the administration, the town board and the citizens of Franklin.”
Setzer, a Franklin native, will officially begin his duties on Jan. 29. In the meantime, he will finish up his stint with Macon County. The Franklin High School and Haywood Technical College alumnus began working with the county in 2006 in the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Department as a GIS Analyst. He also serves as Lieutenant for the Franklin Fire Department and spent some time with the Town of Franklin Planning Board.
Mayor Bob Scott weighed in on the selection Tuesday afternoon.
"I wish him all of the luck in the world. I'm looking forward to working with him," he said. "You know it's a hard job. It encompasses a lot of different aspects. There are a lot of issues that will need to be worked through pretty soon."
The Town Planner is tasked with planning, organizing and coordinating the town's overall planning and zoning program, which includes current and low-range planning, zoning administration, and development management. He will be participating in meetings and public hearings in order to explain recommendations on planning proposals as well as answer citizen, developer, and aldermen's question and he will need to master the duties of the role in order to give guidance to the town manager, the board of aldermen, and the planning board in design, interpretation and direction for planning studies and documents, and for local, state, and federal compliance requirements.
“We think he is going to have a long and productive career with the Town of Franklin,” said Cabe. “One of his strongest attributes was his experience in GIS and on the Planning Board. He's also proven to be effective when working with the public. He's got a good track record and that's an important characteristic for the town planner to have.”
Setzer will have some loose ends to tie up with the county before he makes his transition to the town and was able to share a personal note about the month of January.
“My wife Kara and I are about to welcome our first child, actually the due date is on my last day with the county. So it could be before that or after, but I guess we’ll see,” Setzer said.