Havelock’s incoming planning director counts dealing with the military as part of her strong suit.
Katrina Marshall, former director of planning for Carteret County, starts work in Havelock on Monday when she will be introduced to city commissioners.
"I already have a knowledge and an understanding of the importance of the military and an understanding of how local government works with the military and what local government can do to be a good neighbor," Marshall said in a telephone interview earlier this week. "I understand that there is a compatibility issue definitely. The land use needs to be compatible for the military to also carry out its mission."
Marshall said knowledge of how local government works with the military is one of her assets.
"That’s one of the strengths that I bring to the job. I’ve worked with Tyler Harris of the Community Plans and Liaison Office. I’ve worked with him over the years," Marshall said. "I was also part of what was called the Eastern Carolina Joint Land Use Study and that included the surrounding counties, the local governments and the military. I represented Carteret County on that."
She said the result was air compatibility use zones around Bogue Field along N.C. 24.
Marshall said she was ready to pick up initiatives started by former city planner Scott Chase, who left to work at a private firm in Raleigh.
One of those initiatives was recently adopted minimum building maintenance standards as well as a land use plan.
"I understand the board’s recent initiative on that and I look forward to working with them," Marshall said. " … A lot of people have already spent a lot of time and come to the table and worked out what they want Havelock to look like and develop into and I look forward to working with them on those initiatives."
Marshall played a large roll in development of the Down East Conservation Ordinance in Carteret County, which focused on development pressures in the eastern part of the county where there were no zoning regulations.
And she sees opportunities for city plans to develop a recreational area off Slocum Creek.
"It’s definitely very import for the citizens to have a public place that they can come to, particularly in the center of the city. That’s very important," she said. "We will want to continue to create a sense of community and a sense of place, and that’s a great way to do it."
Marshall, who grew up in Raleigh and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from East Carolina University, doesn’t have plans to live in Havelock, but will commute from her home in Emerald Isle, where she lives with her husband and son.
"I am looking forward to working with the community, the citizens and the business owners as well as the military and the elected officials," Marshall said. "I’ve heard it’s a great place, a great community and great citizens, and I just look forward to becoming a part of the community."