Gainesville CRA Director Selected as Interim Planning and Development Services Director


City Manager Russ Blackburn is pleased to announce the selection of Anthony Lyons as the interim Planning and Development Services Director effective Monday, June 8. This selection follows the departure of Steve Dush, who recently left the City of Gainesville after being selected as the next Assistant City Manager of Imperial Beach, California.

“I am confident that Anthony and the outstanding members of the Planning and Development Services Department will continue critical initiatives and our commitment to providing outstanding service to all stakeholders and users of our planning and development services functions,” said Blackburn.

Two initiatives Lyons is expected to oversee are the update of the Land Development Code and the formation of a Development Services Center. Lyons was the project manager for the development of the Innovation District zoning category, which has served as a model for the zoning changes that are being proposed in the Land Development Code update.

Lyons has served as the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency Director for almost five years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Indiana University Bloomington. Previously, Lyons was the Executive Director for the Capital City Development Corporation in Boise, Idaho; the Director of Planning and Development in the City of Claremont, New Hampshire and the Executive Director of the Main Street Program in Claremont, New Hampshire.