NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Rebekah Roth has been named New Hanover County’s Planning and Land Use Director, after serving as interim director since October 2020. Prior to that, Roth was senior planner for the county for four years and has 13 years of progressive experience in plan development and implementation.
“Rebekah is a strategic leader whose vision and expertise will continue moving our planning team forward,” said County Manager Chris Coudriet. “She is committed to promoting and protecting our neighborhoods through responsible land use policies and plans, while also enhancing complete communities with a mix of uses and diverse housing types. And she has a keen focus on community engagement and collaboration that will serve our county well.”
Roth has led New Hanover County’s long range planning team’s implementation of the 2016 Comprehensive Plan and managed the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Project to update the county’s development regulations, which was completed in 2020. She has played a senior role in coordinating with community partners to plan for future infrastructure needs, and led efforts to organize and kickoff the County/City Workforce Housing Advisory Committee after it was established.
Prior to New Hanover County, Roth served for more than nine years with the Town of Burgaw where she was planning administrator and responsible for comprehensive plan development, permitting and zoning compliance. And in 2014, she received the Outstanding Local Government Planner of 2014 Award from the Cape Fear Council of Governments.
Roth is a certified planner through the American Planning Association’s American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and is a certified zoning official through the NC Association of Zoning Officials. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Peace College and a Master of Public Administration and Master of Arts in English – both from UNCW.
“I am honored to have this opportunity to serve alongside the strong and talented team in our Planning and Land Use Department,” said Roth. “I am ready to continue my work with the community, local developers, Board of Commissioners, and Planning Board to achieve New Hanover County’s collective vision.”