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DENVER-Mayor John Hickenlooper has named Peter Park, who had been Milwaukee’s city planning director, to the same position here. Park replaces the late Jennifer Moulton.

“Jennifer Moulton was a great leader, visionary, and to me—-a teacher,” Hickenlooper says. “She left Denver a much better place than she found it,” Hickenlooper said. “We all miss Jennifer.”

But he says he is honoring her legacy “by announcing a successor who is equally committed to the vision of a built environment that enhances our quality of life—-balancing design excellence, development needs and community desires. Denver is so fortunate to be gaining the talents and expertise of Peter Park. Together with the Planning Department’s creative, dedicated staff, they as much as any of us, will ensure that as Denver grows, our quality of life is enhanced.”

Park also will serve as an adjunct professor in the University of Colorado-Denver’s College of Architecture and Planning, creating a partnership between the University and the city.

Since 1995, Park has served as Milwaukee’s city planning director. Under his direction, according to Hickenlooper, Milwaukee established a disciplined approach to comprehensive planning, raised awareness of the importance of urban design, created the Milwaukee Development Center to consolidate planning, zoning and permitting functions into one customer-friendly environment, streamlined development review procedures and completed a comprehensive update of the city’s zoning code.

Park also served for 12 years as an adjunct assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning where he conducted urban design lectures and studios in order to creating synergies between the University and the city and to provide students with real-life opportunities to contribute to Milwaukee planning projects.

Park is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the American Planning Association, Congress for the New Urbanism and the Urban Land Institute. He received a 2003 Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Award.

Park received his bachelor’s degree in Architectural Studies from Arizona State University and his Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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