Town Planning Director Receives National Certification

The Town of Pagosa Springs is pleased to announce that James Dickhoff, Town Planning Director, has become certified through the American Planning Association (APA).

The American Institute of Certified Planners is APA’s professional institute and provides the only nationwide, independent verification of planners’ qualifications.

Town Planner James Dickhoff discusses the “1000-foot buffer” concept with the Pagosa Springs Town Council at the March 13, 2015 special meeting.

This nationally recognized accreditation is a “seal of approval” for planners and requires several years of experience as a practicing planner, passage of a rigorous, comprehensive exam, dedication to a code of ethics for planners, and ongoing professional development.

“We are so proud of James. It is exciting that he has taken it upon himself to seek this professional certification,” said Town Manager Andrea Phillips. “It benefits the community to have his expertise on staff. AICP certification is not easy to achieve, and it shows that he has mastered the many intricacies of planning.”

James Dickhoff has been employed with the Town since 2007 and has served as the Town’s Planning Director since 2009. He is also the Founder and President of the Pagosa Nordic Ski Club.

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