by Ryan Burns
Press release from the county:
The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors announced today the appointment of Kevin Hamblin to the position of Director of Planning and Building.
For the past three years, Mr. Hamblin served as the Community Development Director for Del Norte County. Prior to that, he was the Director of Community Development with the City of Eureka for 25 years. From 1981 to 1984 Mr. Hamblin worked as a planning assistant and Director of Planning for the Humboldt County Regional Planning Commission in Winnemucca, Nevada.
While with the City of Eureka, Mr. Hamblin's department handled all of the permitting for the application of the Bayshore Mall, which passed on the 1986 ballot by 85 percent. It stands as one of the few regional shopping centers in the coastal zone and required an environmental impact report, one of the first-ever completed by the City. In addition, Mr. Hamblin directed the permitting of Eureka's Target store, also in the coastal zone, organized the City's Historic Preservation Commission, and was involved with the Eureka Boardwalk from start to finish, among many other projects.
"We are very pleased Kevin will be leading our Planning and Building Department," said Virginia Bass, Chair of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. "He possesses an extensive professional background in planning and building on the North Coast, and has overseen many significant projects that give him in-depth knowledge of our area."
Mr. Hamblin earned a B.S. in geographic planning from Brigham Young University in 1979. His first day with the County of Humboldt will be Nov. 13, 2012.