The City of Raleigh has selected Patrick Young to serve as the Planning and Development Director effective July 20. Mr. Young has served the Durham City-County Planning Department as Director since 2017 and in the Assistant Director role since 2008. His 25-year career also includes service to Franklin County, the states of North Carolina and Florida, and with the private sector. After a national search, Mr. Young was selected from a pool of approximately 60 qualified candidates. The comprehensive interview process included community members, partner organizations, and business stakeholders.
“Managing growth and development continues to be a high priority for our community. This opportunity to build and shape the new Planning and Development Department and to be a part of the ongoing investment in Raleigh is exciting,” said City Manager Ruffin Hall. “We had a number of strong candidates, but Patrick’s proven success in Durham demonstrates his ability to creatively solve problems and to facilitate collaboration both internally and in the community. This along with his familiarity with Raleigh both personally and professionally will make Patrick an asset to our team.”
During his time in Durham, Young led the development of the Durham Development Services Center (DSC) to better coordinate land use reviews and approvals. The Durham DSC, which opened in 2017, has led to greater predictability, consistency, communication, and timeliness with the land development process. As Director, Young led the Expanding Housing Choices (EHC) initiative passed by the Durham City Council and Board of Commissioners last fall, which encouraged a greater diversity of housing types in high-demand urban neighborhoods, such as accessory dwelling units (ADUs or "granny flats") and duplexes.
"It is the greatest honor of my professional life to have the opportunity to work with the outstanding professionals of the Raleigh Planning and Development Department and to contribute to the growth and development of my adopted hometown," said Patrick Young. "I am committed to working with the community on critical growth issues and to build on Raleigh's unparalleled quality of life. My 12 years in Durham taught me that growing communities must be intentional about diversity, inclusivity, and social equity.”
Mr. Young has lived in Raleigh for most of the past 21 years and has two children.