Concord hires new city planner
The planning and zoning administrator in Merrimack will be the next city planner in Concord.
The city announced yesterday that Nancy Larson has been selected to fill the position, which has been vacant since October.
Larson, 46, has been Merrimack’s planning and zoning administrator since 2006. Before that, she worked for almost 10 years in the planning department in Bedford, her hometown.
In a phone interview, Larson said she is looking forward to focusing solely on city planning, rather than overseeing both planning and zoning as she does now.
“One of the things that attracted me about Concord is that you don’t have the zoning enforcement component that we do here (in Merrimack) . . . so there’s more opportunity to plan, which is what planners enjoy doing,” she said.
When she takes over as city planner, Larson said she hopes to work on development projects for downtown Concord and in the village of Penacook.
“I’m very impressed by the way the development over the decades has really seemed to be very controlled and very well planned,” she said. “Concord is a really nice community.”
Former city planner Gloria McPherson left Concord for Cape Cod in October, bound for a new job as the town planner in Provincetown, Mass. She held her position in Concord for two years.
Carlos Baia, deputy city manager for development, said Larson stood out among more than 50 applicants in a national search to fill the position.
While some of the other finalists for the job were not from New Hampshire, Baia said Larson’s understanding of the region made her a strong candidate.
“She has a grasp of New Hampshire land-use law that really puts her head and shoulders above the other candidates,” he said.
Larson has a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass., and a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Michigan. Her first day will be March 10.