Matthew Chancey has been named as our first city planner.
A 2000 graduate of Monroe Area Comprehensive High School, Chancey, 28, will lead the effort to plan growth in the city. He recently graduated with a master’s in public administration from Valdosta State University after earning a degree in science from the University of Georgia.
Chancey, who previously worked in the city’s department of Electric and Telecommunications, is no stranger to the city’s planning issues. Since 2007, he has been working on the city’s Livable Centers Initiative; was co-author of the city’s redevelopment plan; has worked on the city and Walton County and Social Circle’s Opportunity Zone initiatives and the city’s code re-write project. Chancey also was a liaison and writer for the city’s Water Conservation Fund and LCI Supplemental Study grants. He has been a member of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Opportunity Zone Work Group and a liaison to the Atlanta Regional Commission.
“As we have progressed through the comprehensive planning and zoning code update, it has become increasingly apparent that the city needs someone devoted to planning for our future,” Mayor Greg Thompson said. “At the same time, the council and I have recognized that Matthew has done an excellent job on guiding us through some recent planning processes, such as the LCI and our Opportunity Zone. With his recent completion of the master’s of public administration degree, he has become qualified to fulfill this very important role.”
Chancey will be working out of the City of Monroe Code Enforcement office.