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Council Member Greg Collins

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Council Member Greg Collins has been married to Dorothy Collins for 30 years.  Dorothy and Greg have two children, Kelcey 22 and Christopher 26. He is the principal in the consulting firm of Collins & Schoettler. This 30-year old public sector planning firm provides a full range of planning services to cities and counties in the San Joaquin Valley.

He has over 37 years of experience in the planning field and 20 years of experience in local government. As a former public sector planner for Tulare County, Council Member Collins' positions ranged from environmental coordinator to project planner for two major land use plans, the Rural Valley Lands Plan and the Foothill Growth Management Plan. Both of these plans won national planning awards from the National Association of Counties. 

As a planning consultant, Council Member Collins has prepared planning reports, environmental impact reports, specific plans, general plan elements and zoning ordinances for cities and counties primarily within the San Joaquin Valley. He has also furnished contract-planning services to small cities. Serving as the city planner, responsibilities have ranged from permit processing and ordinance interpretation to the more complex tasks of preparing general plan elements and environmental impact reports and reviewing site plans.

Council Member Collins has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning from California State University, Fresno. He also holds a limited service community college teaching credential in the field of ecology. He has taught classes in the field of planning for the U.C. Extension program.

Council Member Collins served on the Visalia City Council and Visalia Redevelopment Agency from 1975 to 1991, presiding over the City of Visalia as it gained a reputation for innovative and progressive planning policies; from 1987 to 1991 he served as mayor and chairman of the Visalia Redevelopment Agency.  After a 15-year hiatus, he was elected to the Visalia City Council in 2005, and again in 2011.  Because of his planning background, he has chaired or served on committees dealing with land use, housing, redevelopment and circulation.

Council Member Collins has been the recipient of the 1988 Distinguished Leadership Award, California Chapter APA; the 1995  Special Recognition Award, Central California Chapter, APA – Kerman General Plan and EIR; the 2005  Comprehensive Planning Award, Central California Chapter APA – Southwest Exeter Specific Plan, and the 2010  Award of Merit, Central California Chapter APA – Form-Based Zoning Ordinance, City of Woodlake.

He is involved with the Christ Lutheran Church as well as CASA and the Sequoia Riverlands Trust. Council Member Collins also farms plums on land near Woodlake with his brother Doug.

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