City of Asheville names new Development Services Director

The City of Asheville is pleased to announce that, after a nationwide search, Wayne Clark will serve as the City’s new Development Services Director, effective Nov. 23.
“We are pleased to fill the critical Development Services Director position with such a proven leader. I am excited about the proven track record Wayne brings to us in streamlining plan review, permitting and inspection services,” said City Manager Gary Jackson. “He also understands how an efficient and effective development review process hastens the creation of jobs, housing and sustainable development.”
Clark comes to Asheville from the City of Port Orange, Fla., where he leads building, planning, code enforcement and construction as Port Orange’s community development director. The move will bring Clark back to North Carolina, where he previously served as the development services director for the City of Wilmington.
He received a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Clemson University in Clemson, S.C., and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and communications, also from Clemson University.
“I am excited about the opportunity to bring my development management experience to the City of Asheville,” said Clark. “With the development boom the city is experiencing, it’s critical to deliver timely, efficient plan review, permitting and inspection services. My approach is to balance safety and service when it comes to the development process.”
The City of Asheville is dedicated to ensuring safe development and construction. The Development Services Department provides assistance and regulation through review, inspection and enforcement in building safety; planning and zoning; stormwater, grading and driveway of commercial and residential properties within the City limits.