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Council Member Greg Collins

Greg Collins has been married to Dorothy Collins for 30 years.  Dorothy is a school teacher at Golden West High School.  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, Mr. 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, Mr. 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. Mr. Collins 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.

Mr. 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, Mr. Collins 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.

Greg also farms plums on land near Woodlake with his brother Doug.  

Education

Mr. 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.

Awards

1988 Distinguished Leadership Award, California Chapter APA; 1995  Special Recognition Award, Central California Chapter, APA – Kerman General Plan and EIR; 2005  Comprehensive Planning Award, Central California Chapter APA – Southwest Exeter Specific Plan; 2010  Award of Merit, Central California Chapter APA – Form-Based Zoning Ordinance, City f Woodlake

Affiliations

Christ Lutheran Church; CASA; Sequoia Riverlands Trust

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