Chris Chittum picked as Roanoke’s chief planner

Chris Chittum, a longtime employee and administrator in Roanoke’s planning department, will become the city’s chief planner next week.

Chittum, 46, was chosen from 56 applicants to become director of the Roanoke Department of Planning, Building and Development, according to a city news release.

He’ll be responsible for leading staffers in code enforcement, planning and neighborhood services, development review, building inspections and the city’s Housing and Urban Development Community Resource Team.

He succeeds Tom Carr, who retired from the position in October after five years on the job.

Chittum, a Patrick Henry High School graduate, joined the city staff as a neighborhood planner in 1993 and rose through the department steadily. Since 1995, he has been the city’s planning administrator.

Before joining Roanoke’s government, he was the planner for Vinton, starting that job shortly after earning a degree in urban affairs from Virginia Tech. He was Franklin County’s planner, as well.

In 2009, Chittum earned a master’s of public administration from Virginia Tech.

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