Logan planner now planning retirement

A nearly 40-year career in planning and landscape architecture, including the last 10 years as Logan’s Community Development Director, will end Jan. 7 when Jay Nielsen retires. “I’m old enough to retire and my wife and I have some personal things we want to accomplish together and I think it’s time to start a new phase in my life. I need to do it now rather than later,” he said. “I’m very happy with where planning is and where my department is in terms of ability to help the city. We have a comprehensive general plan now; we have new codes that are getting in place that will take us into the future many significant years. I’m very happy about that.” Nielsen maintains he has done very little on his own. “Collectively, with all of those I work with, we have accomplished a lot. We’ve improved neighborhoods, we’ve improved the downtown, and we’ve improved our ability to bring greater quality to our city. I’m pleased with where we’re at and I’m comfortable to leave now.” He said change is good, particularly in planning. “It’s time for a new, younger generation of folks to come in and take the city to the next level. I have no concern about my department moving ahead.” He said work continues on the parking strip improvements. “We’re still moving ahead. We’re completing the multi-family areas now; we’ve done all of the single-family areas. Next year, or the year after, we’ll start on the commercial areas. We’re picking away at those as we can.” He said there is no date for completion of that project. “We don’t have one now,” he said. “It all depends on funding, and our ability to get things funded. We still have the multi-family areas to clean up next spring. Then if funding is available, we will start on the commercial areas. “Most of the funding that we’ve used is from grants allocated on an annual basis by the council. We depend on making application and if the priorities rise high enough then the council will fund them.” A reception is planned for Jan. 4 to honor Nielsen prior to his last day on the job (Jan. 7).

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