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Christopher Gomez Named As New White Plains Planning Commissioner

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Christopher Gomez was named as White Plains’ new Commissioner of Planning at Monday night’s regularly scheduled meeting.

Gomez has worked as a planner at both the County and municipal levels. Most recently, he served as the Director of Planning and Development for the Village of Port Chester. In Port Chester, Gomez spearheaded the adoption of the Village’s comprehensive plan, Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan, and substantial zoning map and text amendments.

Gomez is a proponent of utilizing digital technology in real time to assist in the review of projects and better engage the public. He has worked to infuse Geographic Information Systems databases and 3D model technology into all facets of the planning and development process, including capital/infrastructure planning and potential zoning build out scenario studies.

While at the Westchester County Department of Planning, Gomez served as co-manager and consultant land use planner to 43 cities, towns and villages in delivering Westchester 2025/Plan Together, the County’s long-range regional planning initiative. He also served as the Westchester County Historic Preservation Planner.

As a Transportation Planner for the New York City Department of Transportation, Gomez managed New York State and New York City multi-modal funding programs used to finance transportation improvement in the Borough of Manhattan.


Mayor Roach said, “I am looking forward to Chris joining our team. He is familiar with Westchester County and White Plains and his experience working at various levels of government and on residential and commercial projects of different sizes will be invaluable. His real world municipal planning experience, combined with a thoughtful demeanor, a willingness to listen and his commitment to smart planning will help us continue to move forward as a city.”

Gomez holds a Bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University. He is AICP certified. His salary will be $145,000. Gomez will start on July 7, 2015.

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