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Christina Berry - Director City Planning & Community Development

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ChritinaBerryOffice: 662-245-5061
Email: cberry@columbusms.org

Education

  • Masters of Urban and Regional Planning: Jackson State University, 2004
  • Bachelor of Arts Political Science: University of Southern Mississippi, 2002

Professional Affiliation

  • American Planning Association-Small Town and Rural Planning, Economic Development, Urban Design and Preservation and Environment and Energy Divisions
  • Urban Land Institute-Memphis Chapter
  • Columbus Lowndes Development Link- Young Professional
  • American Planning Association, MS Chapter- Conference Committee
  • Mississippi Urban Forest Council- Board Member
  • Retired Senior Volunteer Program - Board Technical Advisor/ Secretary
  • Main Street Columbus - Board Member
  • Leadership Lowndes County

Professional Summary

Ms. Berry joined the City of Columbus in 2010 bringing with her a broad range of skills in community, environmental and transportation planning. Prior to joining the City of Columbus, Ms. Berry concentrated on the preparation and management of; complex environmental planning efforts meeting the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, transportation projects affecting land use and development, comprehensive and master plans and assisted in the administration of Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones.

Ms. Berry also has extensive experience in working with public and private stakeholder groups serving as the liaison to the general public. She is adept at conducting active public participation activities and presenting technical issues in a simple and understandable manner. Ms. Berry also serves as technical advisor to the Mayor and City Council, Columbus Planning Commission, Downtown Historic and Preservation Commission and citizens.

Office of City Planning and Development

The Office of City Planning and Development seeks to make Columbus the most livable city in Mississippi by strengthening and revitalizing neighborhoods and commercial centers, preserving its historic character, building civic pride and promoting a healthy and sustainable city.

The office is responsible for plans, programs and policy to carry out its vision and promote the growth and orderly development of the City of Columbus.

Vision for the City of Columbus

Columbus is the epitome of small town charm bustling with progressive forward thinking ideas. We are at a pivotal part in its history. The days of population losslurk behind us as we employ a vision propelling us as a sophisticated first class city.

The Office of City Planning vision is to create a Columbus that is the hub for Art, Entertainment, and Recreation. But that’s not all…we envision communities that are safe, clean, and contribute to the economic viability of the City. Tree lined streets, walk-able neighborhoods and downtowns, plazas and interactive parks are just a few of the projects we are planning. Along with promoting commercial developments to design around our culture- we love shade trees and bumping in to old friends! Yet, we foster a development and business climate that will give the business owner an opportunity to make a living and provide jobs.

Our most immediate and long-term goal is to attract a growing number of young professionals and baby boomers. Columbus is rapidly developing as an Aerospace center. A number of our most recent industrial based jobs have come from this segment and typically employ this cohort. With that we must develop a city that is more attractive and provides the amenities to make them long term residents and contributors to our growing economy! In the short term we are rewriting zoning ordinances, revisiting land use maps, addressing the reuse of dilapidated and abandoned property and working closely with the public to identify capital projects. Over the next couple of months Columbus will have the foundation laid out to build upon a much stronger and I must say exciting future!

Major Projects

Planning:

  • Comprehensive Plan
  • Green Infrastructure Plan

Development in Progress:

  • Tanyard Park Soccer Complex (Lowndes County and City of Columbus initiative)
  • Community Parks