New city planner assigned to Southwest

Amanda Arnold recently took over as city planner for the Southwest Sector, replacing Beth Elliott.

Arnold, who started her new job March 1, brings a wealth of city planning experience to Minneapolis. Her past jobs include working with the Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission, the Triangle Transit Authority in North Carolina and the city of Lafayette, Ind.

In North Carolina, she was the station planner for a regional rail system that will connect Raleigh and Durham - experience that undoubtedly will come in handy. Arnold picks up where Elliott left off on working on the proposed light-rail transit line for the Southwest Corridor.

Another project she's excited to get working on right away is the small-area plan for Uptown.

&#8220From what I understand, people are quite eager for it,” Arnold said. &#8220It's always nice to start a project that people are already excited about.”

Arnold recently moved to Minneapolis, where she lives near Lake Nokomis. She said she's excited to be here and feels her experience working in a variety of settings across the country will serve her well in Southwest.

&#8220I've moved around a lot because of my husband's job, but it's been nice for me because I've gotten to work in a lot of different planning situations, both rural and urban, which has been a really nice mix,” Arnold said. &#8220It's nice to pull it all together now.”

Elliott, who has worked with the Southwest Sector since November 2003, was promoted to a position working on city planning Downtown. The city is still in the process of figuring out what Downtown projects she'll be working on, but one possibility is updating the Downtown 2010 plan.

&#8220We need to talk about what that's going to entail,” Elliott said. &#8220There have been a few small-area plans that have been done since that Downtown 2010 plan was written, but it's definitely going to be incorporating those plans into any update as well.”