Many of you are aware that J.B. Culpepper has announced her retirement as Planning Director for the Town of Chapel Hill effective June 1, 2014. J.B. came to work for the Town’s Planning Department in April of 1985. With her retirement, we celebrate her distinguished career of service to the Town of Chapel Hill.
J.B. began her work with the Town as part of a team working to review and process development applications. In 1989 she became Development Coordinator, and in 2005 took over the reins of the department. She is the Town’s fourth Planning Director in a period spanning 50 years.
J.B. Culpepper’s impact on the form, character, and preservation of Chapel Hill has been extensive. She managed the Town’s Development Review process for 25 years, playing key roles in both the drafting and administration of regulations. She managed work on innovative planning approaches such as creation of Neighborhood Conservation Districts, Inclusionary Housing requirements, and Small Area Plans. She helped adjust rules on issues that guide growth such as stream preservation, tree protection, urban design, and parking strategies. She played key roles in the planning and oversight of major development projects such as Southern Village, Meadowmont, and the Town Operations Center. She helped foster and maintain collaborative relationships with professionals working in Carrboro, Durham, Orange County, and at UNC, resulting in productive inter-jurisdictional linkages. She has been a regular speaker in venues sponsored by the UNC School of Government, the UNC Department of City and Regional Planning, and the NC Chapter of the American Planning Association, sharing Chapel Hill’s approaches to maintaining and enhancing community character.
J.B. points with pride to her professional, facilitative, and collaborative skills. She has been a role model for countless numbers of Town employees. Her contributions to the Town of Chapel Hill have been significant and lasting.
We congratulate J.B. on an outstanding career of public service and wish her the best in her continuing journey.
-- Town Manager Roger L. Stancil