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February 13, 2018 > Fremont official to say goodbye

Fremont official to say goodbye

Submitted By Alina Kwak

After nearly 20 years with the City of Fremont, Community Development Director Jeff Schwob will be retiring on May 4.

During his career in Fremont, Schwob has worn numerous hats, serving as associate planner, senior planner, deputy planning manager, planning director, interim community development director, and community development director.

Schwob began his public-sector career in 1987 when he was appointed a planning aide for Alameda County. Next, came a two-year stint as a planning technician in San Rafael, California. From there, he joined the City of Santa Rosa, California and was appointed assistant planner and then promoted to city planner, serving that community for nine years.

?Jeff?s contributions during his tenure in Fremont have profoundly benefited the community and made a significant regional difference as well,? said Fremont City Manager Fred Diaz. ?He is by far the most talented community development director I?ve worked with in my career. I wish him a wonderful and well-deserved retirement.?

During his career with the City of Fremont, Schwob was responsible for managing the city?s planning division and community development department. His accomplishments included developing two guiding plans for Fremont: General Plan 2035, which incorporated sustainability for the first time, community character, and community plan elements, and the Warm Springs/South Fremont Community Plan that sets the framework for the transformation currently underway of the Fremont Innovation District.

Schwob was also instrumental in developing the Citywide Design Guidelines document that guides future single-family housing, commercial, and industrial development located outside of areas currently governed by existing guidelines or specific plan documents.

Finally, Schwob contributed to comprehensive building, code enforcement, housing, planning, and sustainability code updates and updated permitting functions, procedures, and software now in place for Fremont.

The city is conducting a nationwide search to hire a new community development director.

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