New Planning Director in Goleta
By Jean Yamamura
Santa Barbara Independent 31 July 2017
Photo Courtesy of Alpha Floral
Goleta’s new planning director is a familiar face around the county. Currently, Peter Imhof (Masters, City & Regional Planning 1995), is head of planning and the deputy executive director for the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG). Previously, Imhof was with the county’s Planning and Development department for eight years and the Coastal Commission for nearly two years before that.
“Goleta is a young and dynamic city, with a freshness and sense of possibilities not seen in longer established cities,” Imhof said. “I’ve worked with the planning departments of all nine of the county’s jurisdictions” through SBCAG, Imhof said, “and have enjoyed working with Goleta’s staff.” Of his new planning role, Imhof stated it would help facilitate public discussion and dialogue on development in a city with coastal resources and a prosperous business climate, as well as a proud agrarian past and a “high-tech ultramodern future.”
The new director starts August 15, city spokesperson Valerie Kushnerov said. He holds a law degree from Boalt Hall and also earned his master’s in city and regional planning from UC Berkeley concurrently.