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City of Encinitas hires new development services director

ENCINITAS, CA – The City of Encinitas has announced the hiring of Brenda Wisneski as its development services director. She will assume her role on Oct. 9.

This critical position oversees the engineering and planning divisions for the city, which are responsible for the following areas: capital improvement, inspections, traffic engineering, city planning, building and regulatory permits, housing resources, land development and code enforcement.

Wisneski comes to the City of Encinitas after serving as the Deputy Community Development Director for the City of Newport Beach. In total, she brings 26 years of city planning experience with her to Encinitas with previous roles working for San Clemente, Dana Point and Newport Beach municipalities.

“I am honored to be joining the City of Encinitas team, especially in a role that plays a part in advancing the city’s vision for its future,” said Wisneski of her new position. “The City of Encinitas is a remarkable community, and in overseeing priority initiatives like the coastal restoration project, Beacon’s access and bluff stabilization, active transportation projects such as walkability and bike path accessibility, and Leucadia 101 streetscape, among others, we can enhance the vibrancy of the Encinitas community.”

In her role, Wisneski will be supporting the City of Encinitas City Council’s four areas of focus for the next two fiscal years:

  • Improve connectivity and mobility for all users.
  • Make the rail corridor a better neighbor.
  • Promote green initiatives and protect natural resources.
  • Attain a legally compliant housing element.

Wisneski will be managing the oversight of the recently reorganized development services department, which includes a staff of 53 full-time employees.

She holds a bachelor of arts degree in environmental studies and urban planning from UC Santa Barbara, and has also studied air quality and land use planning at UC Irvine. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.