Powell Is Chapin Director Of Planning and Zoning
Posted on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 at 10:41 pm.

The Town of Chapin has hired Nathan T. Powell of Columbia as its Director of Planning and Zoning, a position which has been vacant since the first of the year after the resignation of Chris Clauson. He begins his duties next Tuesday.

He was introduced to the members of the Chapin Planning Commission Tuesday, and is shown here being welcomed to Chapin by Mayor David Knight.

A native of Wheaton, IL, Powell is a graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, and holds a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Michigan State University.

He is an independent architecture and planning professional, and has been employed since December 2012 as an REO Specialist with the South Carolina State Housing Authority.

While working on his Masters Degree, Powell served in 2007 as a Research Aide in the Planning and Zoning Center at MSU. He completed a variety of assignments related to the evaluation of state and local land-use policy, regulation and development.

He participated in the development of the web-based Smart Growth Readiness Assessment Tool (SGRAT); a comprehensive toolkit that has enabled Michigan communities to analyze and improve policies, regulations and programs.

He was part of a seven-member team of urban planning students who developed the Grandwalk Trail Planning & Development Study for the cities of Grand Rapids and Walker, MI. The study proposed a pedestrian/bicycle trail through the urban “GrandWalk” community as one of many elements used to direct future physical development, environmental enhancement and business improvement in the area. The project was awarded the 2007 Outstanding Student Project Award by the Michigan Association of Planning.

He assisted the city of Pontiac, MI, in their 2007 Master Plan Update by assisting with facilitating community visioning sessions and the creation of an asset-based, economic development strategy to better position the city for the New Economy.

He compiled a statewide catalog of Michigan zoning ordinances concerning wind energy conservation systems in order to assess the state’s potential for energy production and economic development in this industry.

He conducted research identifying school location changes in Michigan over a 30-year period and distinguishing its relationship to broader land-use trends in the state.

He has also worked as a sales associate with the South Carolina State Museum.