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Director of City Planning

Robert N. Brown is responsible for helping to shape Mayor Jackson's vision for improving the quality of life in Cleveland's neighborhoods and creating a vibrant 24-hour downtown. He and his 25-member staff accomplish this through neighborhood and comprehensive planning, zoning code and map updates, development project facilitation, and research and data analysis. The Connecting Cleveland 2020 Citywide Plan, a plan for the future of Cleveland's neighborhoods, is the most intensive project he and his staff currently lead.

Brown began his service with the City of Cleveland as Assistant Director of City Planning in 1985. Prior to joining the City, he was a Managing Planner for the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, where he worked for nine years.

Staying in touch with the latest trends and issues in City Planning, Brown has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since it was founded in 1978. He participates in our civic community by serving as First Vice-President of the Governing Board for NOACA, serving on the Board of Trustees for University Circle Inc., and representing Mayor Frank G. Jackson on the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission.

Brown received his bachelor's degree in urban studies from Case Western Reserve University in 1973 and participated in Columbia University's M.S. program in urban planning.

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