PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

6/26/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:062618A
Subject:
Christopher Koontz, AICP, Appointed Long Beach Development Services Planning Bureau Manager
Contact:
Jacqueline Medina
Long Beach Development Services
562.570.3807
Jacqueline.Medina@longbeach.gov





Long Beach Development Services Director Linda F. Tatum, FAICP, has named Christopher Koontz, AICP, as Planning Bureau Manager for the Development Services Department.  Mr. Koontz’s appointment is effective July 2, 2018. 

Mr. Koontz has served as the City’s Advance Planning Officer since May 2015. During his tenure, he played an integral role in several key City projects and initiatives, including the Southeast Area Specific Plan, Midtown Specific Plan, Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, Land Use Element update and Urban Design Element, Uptown Planning Land Use and Neighborhood Strategy, and Mills Act Property Tax Abatement Program, which offers tax incentives to homeowners for the restoration of historic properties.

“Christopher’s proven leadership and planning expertise will continue to be highly valuable to the department and to the City,” said Ms. Tatum. “His wealth of knowledge and over 13 years of experience will enhance current and long-term planning for the City, and help ensure the physical development of Long Beach is in the best interest of the community.”

Finding the right balance of new development and essential services continues to be a priority for Long Beach. The City’s Planning Team works with the Mayor and City Council, City departments, neighborhood groups, residents, and business owners to promote more safe and livable neighborhoods, and create sustainable destinations throughout the community. 

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead a talented team of planning professionals undertaking current and long-range planning policies and initiatives for my hometown of Long Beach,” said Mr. Koontz. “With so many innovative developments and forward-thinking planning efforts underway, this is an especially exciting time for the growth and economic development of Long Beach.” 

Prior to joining the City, Mr. Koontz served as the Chief of Airport Planning with Los Angeles World Airports, managing planning and historic preservation staff and operations for LAX, LA/Ontario International, and Van Nuys airports. He also has planning experience with the City of Los Angeles, where he crafted and implemented citywide policy. 

Mr. Koontz holds a Master of Planning degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Policy, Planning and Development from the University of Southern California.  He is a volunteer tutor with School on Wheels, and is a former board member and public information officer for the American Planning Association. 

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 480,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About Long Beach Development Services

Serving residents, businesses, and the community at large, the award-winning Long Beach Development Services sets a standard for high-quality, innovative urban planning and livability efforts that create more progressive and sustainable communities within the diverse City of Long Beach, CA.  Through a variety of development, code enforcement, housing and neighborhood services, and building activities, the Department builds a better future for the City while also honoring its unique past.  For more information, visit www.lbds.info. “Like” our Facebook page and “follow” us on Twitter.