Janay Greenlee, Planning and Community Development Director
Hello Newcastle! My name is Janay Greenlee, and I am honored to serve The City of Newcastle as your Planning and Community Development Director!
I have over 12 years of municipal experience with the City of Norman; I served as the City Forester four years and City Planner the last eight years.
What inspired me to become a City Planner? My passion for the natural environment and how our built environment shapes our cities into communities that become the places we want to live, work and play.
My diverse education and professional experiences have well prepared me to lead Newcastle’s Planning and Community Development Department. Newcastle has a bright future and I look forward to guiding this growing community in a sustainable growth-oriented direction to serve all its citizens.
I graduated with an Associate’s degree in Horticulture from OSU-OKC in 2000. I continued my education at OU and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design in 2004 and a Master’s degree in Regional City Planning in 2006.
While putting myself through college I owned and operated a residential landscape design/build company. Operating my own business allowed me flexibility with my school schedule while raising young children as a single mom.
Operating my landscape business reiterated important life and career lessons: accountability, reliability, impeccable customer service and teamwork. These values have guided my professional standards and are cornerstone to how I manage my career and personal life.
I gained tremendous experience working as a Planner for The City of Norman. I worked in all facets of Planning and Community Development: current and long-range planning, development services, leading special planning projects as well as working with citizens, developers, engineers, and public officials. I have the Planning expertise to effectively guide the City of Newcastle’s growth and development.
My dedication to my profession is a major part of who I am, though I am also a very proud mom of three amazing children, a new grandma to a 7-month-old baby girl and I have a wonderful, supportive husband. We love to spend time with our family! If we aren’t working, we are with our family enjoying cookouts, hiking, biking, going to parks and exploring our neighborhoods.
As Newcastle’s Planning and Community Development Director I pledge to work for each member of the community and help grow The City of Newcastle into a bright future for generations to come.
Kathy James, Planning Secretary
Tim Edwards, Building Inspector
Jack Stallings, Building Inspector
Assistant Planner (unfilled)
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