Orville McDonald fills Planning Commission vacancy
March 5, 2014
The Newcastle City Council has appointed resident Orville McDonald to fill the Planning Commission vacancy left by Deputy Mayor John Drescher.
McDonald is a senior product manager at Microsoft, and has background in acquiring and managing rental properties, as well as land development.
“Having lived in a variety of places, what drew my young family and I to Newcastle is the sense of community and how well it has been laid out,” he wrote in his application.
The Planning Commission meets the third Wednesday of every month starting at 7 p.m., and is made up of seven citizen representatives.
One important task the commissioners take on is review of the Comprehensive Plan, a document guiding city policy and planning.
The commission also is charged with reviewing the zoning map, zoning code and other development codes, and completing a work plan provided by the council.