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City Hires Community Development Director

Peachtree Corners' first official employee will begin Aug. 27.

City leaders announced on Wednesday that a Community Development Director has been hired to oversee planning, zoning, economic development, code enforcement and building development functions.

Diana Wheeler, the former Community Development Director for the city of Alpharetta for the past 18 years has accepted the position.

"To have Diana oversee our Community Development as we begin our new city is like winning the lottery," said Mayor Mike Mason.

During her tenure in Alpharetta, Wheeler oversaw the creation of the city's downtown development district.

Wheeler said she was looking forward to the opportunity to building "a department from the ground up .... I'm excited about Peachtree Corners' future and thrilled to be given the chance to be a part of it."

The driving force behind cityhood was the ability to have local control over planning and zoning and land use which the city will begin providing in stages in the coming year.

"Diana Wheeler is one of the most respected community development professionals in the southeast," said Mason who added that the city's residents and businesses will benefit from her skills and experience.

Editor's note: Ms. Wheeler resigned as Alpharetta's Community Development Director on July 13, 2012. Below is a link to a story that was published in Alpharetta Patch when she announced her resignation.

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Robert J. Nebel August 23, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Ms. Wheeler has great experience. She served in a key role with the city of Alpharetta. Alpharetta has grown by leaps and bounds over the years and has much to offer. After going to the mall and dining, I love to hit the Greenway. They scored huge with Verizon Amphitheater as well as a pretty decent downtown area. The selection of Diana seems like a win-win for PTC.

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