Please join us in welcoming Elizabeth Backe as Nassau County’s new Planning Director. Elizabeth brings with her nearly 25 years of experience in public sector work which includes community planning, growth management, transportation planning, and sustainability.
As Planning Director for Nassau County, Elizabeth will provide professional planning support to County departments and will serve as the technical planning advisor for the County Manager and Board of County Commissioners. Other duties will include review and implementation of the County’s Land Development Code and Comprehensive Plan; development of department goals and objectives; evaluation of planning-related legislation; reviewing all zoning applications, land-use amendments, plats and subdivisions for compliance; and providing guidance to Planning Department staff.
Deputy County Manager/County Engineer, Robert Companion, stated, “We are excited to welcome Elizabeth Backe to the team. With over two decades of local and regional planning experience, Elizabeth brings a wealth of knowledge to Nassau County. I believe she will be an effective and efficient leader for the Planning Staff and serve the citizens of Nassau County well into the future.”
Elizabeth’s work history includes eleven years as a Senior Planner in Hillsborough County, Florida; seven years as an Environmental Planner and Sustainability Coordinator in Gaithersburg, Maryland; and most recently, five years as the Planning and Transportation Director for the Southern Georgia Regional Commission.
Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Eckerd College and a Master of Science in Planning Degree from Florida State University. Elizabeth is also a member of the American Planning Association and American Institute of Certified Planners.
Elizabeth expressed her enthusiasm about coming to work for Nassau County. She stated, “I’m grateful for this opportunity and look forward to collaborating with the County Manager and other staff to advance the Board’s identified strategic priorities. I also look forward to engaging with Nassau County’s residents to foster a transparent and community-based approach to County governance.”
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