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GRCC to Host Grand Rapids Director of Planning Suzanne Schultz to Discuss Tactics Behind Community Development

Students enrolled in GRCC’s architectural design classes will get a peek into the career of a city planner when Suzanne Schultz, director of planning for the city of Grand Rapids, addresses GRCC students today at 4:15 p.m. in the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center.

Who designs the complex city streets?  Who creates zoning laws?  Who structures the look and ultimately the feel of Grand Rapids?   Schultz will address these questions and discuss how city planners have to account for current issues, as well as sustainability, in order to continue making Grand Rapids an enticing place to live.  She will also cover the processes and decisions behind city development.

Schultz has been Grand Rapids’ city planning director since 2005.  Her main responsibility is to study the numbers behind population densities, transportation needs and zoning balance to coordinate the goals of the city into a master plan.   Under her leadership, her department has overcome multiple challenges including the huge task of coordinating the update of the city’s master plan for the first time in 40 years.

The event will be hosted by the GRCC student chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

In addition to students, anyone interested in the specifics behind city design and zoning laws is invited to attend.

For more information, please contact Ray Hinkle, (616) 234-4397.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.