Acting City Manager Mark B. Jinks has announced the appointment of Karl W. Moritz as Director of Planning and Zoning for the City of Alexandria, Virginia, effective February 10, 2015. Moritz has served as Acting Director since July 2014.
“Karl’s three decades of experience helped distinguish him during a rigorous selection process,” said Jinks. “He knows Alexandria, and I know he’ll fully engage with residents and businesses to pursue our community’s vision of a livable, green, and prospering city.”
Moritz was named Director after a nationwide search and an application process that included interviews with community stakeholders. He joined the City of Alexandria in 2008 as Deputy Director for Long Range and Strategic Planning. In that position, Moritz was responsible for neighborhood planning, community development, demographics and forecasting, and geographic information systems. In 2013, he became Deputy Director for Current Planning and assumed oversight of development, land use and zoning, and historic preservation, as well as staff support for the Planning Commission, the Boards of Architectural Review, and the Board of Zoning Appeals.
Prior to his work in Alexandria, Moritz served for 16 years with the Montgomery County, Md., Planning Department and eight years with the Northern Virginia Regional Commission. He holds a bachelor’s degree in geography from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia.