A monthly e-Newsletter from the Division of Planning and Development – September 2022

A Message from John Zeanah, Director

On August 17, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris signed a Green Fleet Executive Order. The Executive Order commits the Mayor’s Administration and its divisions to replace 5% of its passenger vehicle fleet to electric or hybrid vehicles by the end of 2027. It also prioritizes green vehicle purchases, elimination or replacement of inefficient fleet vehicles, reductions in vehicle idling, and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Mayor Harris’ Executive Order builds on the findings and recommendations of the Memphis Area Climate Action Plan. In 2016, the largest producer of community-wide greenhouse gas emissions in Shelby County was on-road emissions, and emissions from fleet vehicles represented 26 percent of Shelby County Government’s operational emissions. The Climate Action Plan recommends several strategies to reduce emissions from our transportation systems. Of these strategies, electric vehicle adoption has the potential to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality and health outcomes.

DPD’s Office of Sustainability and Resilience is supporting efforts to meet the goals of the Executive Order by working with Shelby County Division of Public Works on the following projects:

  • Conducting an EV Readiness Study to determine where to install charging stations at Shelby County facilities, beginning with the Construction Enforcement building on Mullins Station
  • Estimating greenhouse gas emissions for fleet vehicles and creating a replacement assessment based on departmental fleet uses and needs
  • Purchasing four passenger vehicles and one heavy duty truck to be used by the Roads, Bridges, and Engineering Department as part of a pilot program funded by a U.S. Department of Energy grant

Memphis 3.0 Dashboard

The Memphis 3.0 website now includes a data dashboard that tracks various metrics related to the ongoing implementation of the comprehensive plan using up-to-date measurements and visualization tools. The dashboard currently tracks the Comprehensive Planning Department’s public engagement, consistency analyses, comprehensive rezonings, and future land use planning efforts. To view the data dashboard, click here.

Planning and Implementation
Lead Hazard Reduction Program

Homes built before 1978 present a unique lead hazard risk to the adults and children who live and spend time within them. When children are exposed to lead paint, they are at-risk of becoming lead poisoned, which can affect their growth and development.

The Shelby County Department of Housing (SCDH) Lead Hazard Control Program provides free assistance to homeowners, landlords, and renters who want to act proactively against the risk of lead-based paint hazards and who want to protect children from adverse health-related effects.

If you or someone you know lives in a home built before 1978 and also has a child or children (6 years or younger) who spend time in the home, then contact the SCDH Lead Hazard Control Program about a free lead inspection at (901) 222-7600. Eligible residents may receive free lead paint removal services. For more information about the program, visit this site.

Applications are now accepted online via the website Neighborly. Use this site to register and create a new account before beginning an application.

NBC News recently published a brief summary of new research findings concerning the correlation between children's low test scores and early childhood lead exposure. To read more, click here.

Staff Announcements

Land Use and Development Services Manager Burk Renner (pictured left with Zoning Administrator Brett Ragsdale) has retired after 35 years with Shelby County. His current and former colleagues celebrated him, his tenure, and his accolades shortly before his departure at the end of August. His passion and tenacity will be missed in the department.

Mechanical Inspectors James Dodson and Jorge Apantenco were both promoted to the position of Senior Mechanical Inspector. Jorge worked as a Mechanical Inspector for 4 years, and James worked as an Inspector for 7 years. Congratulations to James and Jorge for their promotions!

Ronnie Barton and Brent Smith joined Construction Enforcement last month as new Mechanical Inspectors. Both inspectors have many years of experience in the mechanical trades and will provide their copious skills in service of Shelby County.

Land Use & Development Services welcomed Kendra Cobbs and Jordan McKenzie last month as new Principal Planners. Kendra most recently served as the Planning Director for Hernando, Mississippi, with experience as a Planner in Florence, South Carolina and Plano, Texas. Jordan most recently served as the City Planner for the City of Lakeland (TN), having also served as a Planner for Roswell, Georgia.

Senior Plumbing Inspector George Rodgers (pictured below) celebrated his retirement after nearly 23 years of service with his Construction Enforcement colleagues this week. George has been plumbing since he was in his early teens, and his father and two brothers were plumbers. He has a vast amount of experience is every area of plumbing and is also certified as a medical gas instructor. George has been a great asset to the Plumbing department because of his knowledge of plumbing and his willingness to help colleagues, contractors, and the public. He will be greatly missed by all.

Upcoming Public Meetings
The Division has returned to holding in-person meetings. Meetings will still be broadcast live on the Division's YouTube channel.

9/8/22 – Land Use Control Board

9/28/22 – Board of Adjustment

9/29/22 – Landmarks Commission

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