The City of Victor will be searching for a new planning director for the third time in three years.

Josh Wilson, the current planner, was hired in January of 2017 after relocating from Boise with his family. He replaced former county and city planner Jason Boal, who moved to Boise. Now Wilson too will be returning to the capital city, where he has received a hard-to-refuse job offer as city design review and historic preservation manager.

“It has been an extremely difficult decision to leave such an amazing community, but it is an opportunity for myself and my family that I just cannot pass up,” Wilson wrote in an email to the Teton Valley News on Tuesday.

In Wilson’s brief tenure, he presided over the city’s busiest growth period in ten years. Residential development rebounded, sometimes with mixed reactions from the community, and the floodgates have opened on commercial development as well. This summer alone has seen the construction of a large hotel and a pharmacy and clinic downtown.

“I have really enjoyed the relationships and experiences I have gained here, and my decision is in no way a reflection on my time with the city,” Wilson said. “It has been a pleasure to work with leaders and citizens with such a strong desire to maintain and protect what makes Victor special.”

One of his main contributions to the city was the speedy passage of design standards and guidelines early this year, a response to outcry about some of the new development in town.

The number of building applications and permits coming across Wilson’s desk every month has increased significantly in the last year, and the city hired an assistant planner, Tyler Steinway, to help him manage the administrative workload.

Wilson’s last day at the city is on Aug. 10, and he says he still has much to accomplish before then.

“Josh has done such a great job for Victor and we’re proud of all his accomplishments here,” said city manager Olivia Goodale. “While he will be missed, we’re happy for him and know he will continue to find success.”

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