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The City of Moorpark is pleased to introduce Karen Vaughn as the City’s next Community Development Director. Ms. Vaughn’s first day with the City will be February 25.
Ms. Vaughn has over 25 years of experience in the urban planning/land development arena, with a career spanning both the public and private sectors and including city planning, land development, construction, and historic preservation.
Ms. Vaughn comes to Moorpark from Redwood City, CA where she has served as Principal Planner for six years. While in Redwood City, she directed the processing of development projects ranging from single family homes to large-scale mixed-use developments to new downtown employment and commercial centers. She also oversaw the successful revitalization of the historic downtown through the implementation of the City’s Downtown Precise Plan.
Prior to Redwood City, Ms. Vaughn was the Planning and Preservation Manager in Lake Worth, Florida where she spearheaded a complete overhaul of the City’s land development regulations and worked to build a complete geographic information system (GIS) for the City. Additional experience includes city planning and land development roles in California, Florida, and Louisiana.
Ms. Vaughn has a proven track record of successfully managing complex and controversial projects, working with all sides to find creative solutions. City Manager Troy Brown remarked: “Ms. Vaughn possesses all the skills required of a Community Development Director, and brings a positive, approachable management style that will be a tremendous value-add for Moorpark.”
Ms. Vaughn is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the American Planning Association. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from Grand Valley State University (Michigan) and recently completed the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Executive Education Program in Palo Alto, CA.
She succeeds David Bobardt, who retired from the City in December after a sixteen-year career with Moorpark.