Meggan Herington Joins Town of Monument as New Director of Planning | The gallery
MONUMENT • The city’s new Director of Planning has 21 years of experience in municipal government, including in Pueblo and Colorado Springs.
During the Monument board meeting on June 12, City Manager Mike Foreman introduced Meggan Herington as the new planning director. Herington’s career includes 13 years of work in multiple facets of planning for the city of Colorado Springs.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Herington moved to Colorado in 2003 and has never looked back, she said. “The Front Range is a great place to live and raise a family,” Herington said. “I have a number of family and friends in the Pittsburgh area and they absolutely love coming here.”
Her first city government job was in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, where she worked as a Geographic Information Systems Technician. His department worked with the county assessor to create data on the land parcels and other county maps.
“It wasn’t glamorous, but I really learned a lot about surveying, property assessment, mapping and analysis,” Herington said. “Most of those skills I still use today. “
As a town planner, it’s important to understand how property is divided, land use relationships, and how to use GIS to create maps that tell a story, she said. After three years of work, a friend living in Colorado Springs encouraged Herington to move to Colorado.
Since municipal planning and GIS go hand in hand, Herington said, she accepted a position as a planner in Pueblo County – her first official planning role.
Over the course of her career, Herington has worked in land use planning and corporate planning for El Paso County and the City of Colorado Springs, where she rose through the ranks to becoming Deputy Director of Planning. In this role for six years, with a team of 25 planners, Herington managed two divisions of the Planning and Community Development department with direct oversight of all land use planning and zoning construction reviews for the city. .
Herington said his most memorable job so far was working on a short-term vacation rental ordinance and permit program for the city of Colorado Springs.
“The subject of short-term vacation rentals is very controversial and probably one of the most controversial by-laws I have worked on,” she said.
Herington said she was excited to work with Foreman and the board to implement the community’s vision. She said the interview process showed the staff have so much enthusiasm and vision for the city.
“I wanted to be a part of it,” she said. “Monument, like all of El Paso County, is experiencing strong growth. This growth occurring outside the city limits has an impact on the city. I’m excited to start seeing how Monument wants to develop and to set those goals for the future.
Since Herington doesn’t live far from Monument, she said she constantly finds herself in town to enjoy Monument Lake and the local restaurants.
Her interest in transitioning to a job in a small municipality was the scope of work she would be involved in.
“As a planning director, I can be more hands-on by working on projects and interacting with the community,” Herington said. “The range of tasks is something I haven’t experienced and it’s a great opportunity to rediscover the true meaning of being a professional in municipal planning.
With her experience in planning with El Paso County and her experience working with regional partners, Herington knew she could “go out there” and give a new vision to the monument planning department, he said. she declared.
Currently, Herington spends a lot of time understanding the needs of the planning department and where to direct the available funds. One of its immediate goals is to do more education on what the planning department does and educate residents about zoning and what it means for an individual homeowner. It also aspires to streamline the city’s authorization process to facilitate work with the Director of Urban Planning.
Herington is married and has an 8 year old son. Family summer weekends are usually spent camping, hiking, paddleboarding at Monument Lake, and visiting the local pool.