Edmonds Development Services Director Shane Hope retiring July 1

Development Services Director Shane Hope

Shane Hope, who has served as the City of Edmonds Development Services Director since 2014, is retiring effective July 1.

Hope has spent much of her career working on plans and projects for city, regional and state governments. But now, she said, she is looking forward to a different kind of planning — trips with family and friends, hiking in the Northwest and time with her grandchildren.

“I like my job so much and I’m happy doing it,” said Hope, who came to Edmonds in 2014 after spending 11 years as the City of Mountlake Terrace’s Community and Economic Development Director — and before that worked for the State Department of Commerce, Thurston County and the City of Olympia. “It’s been a real pleasure to work here.”

Asked to reflect on the projects she is most proud of during her tenure in Edmonds, she pointed first to the extensive planning process the city undertook to guide redevelopment on Highway 99. The creation of a Highway 99 subarea plan “provided for really recognizing the value of that whole area, making transportation improvements, improving quality of life,” Hope said.

City of Edmonds Development Services Director Shane Hope fields questions after a presentation to the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce in July 2017. (My Edmonds News file photo)

The Puget Sound Regional Council in 2018 awarded the city’s Highway 99 plan with a VISION 2040 Award, which recognize innovative projects and programs that help ensure a sustainable future as the region grows. Another project Hope worked on for the City of Mountlake Terrace — the Town Center’s Arbor Village development — won a VISION 2040 Award in 2014.

Hope said she also valued the time she spent working on the city’s climate issues. “I just see that as so important,” she said. This work included completing the city’s greenhouse gas inventory, adopting a target goal for net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and work — now underway — to update the city’s Climate Action Plan, which Hope described as “things that we as a city and community members can do to improve our climate footprint.”

In addition, she pointed to the city’s Urban Forestry Management Plan, recently adopted by the city council, which “gives us a good start” in protecting the city’s urban forests. She also noted that her department has made some progress on updating the city’s code. That work has been a city priority for some time, and Hope said that she recently hired a code drafter, Eric Engmann, to focus on that task.

Development Services Director Shane Hope Town Hall Sept 2018
Development Services Director Shane Hope speaks during a community meeting in 2018. (My Edmonds News file photo)

Two other points of pride Hope mentioned: The city’s work in 2015 to rezone the Westgate area to include taller buildings and mixed residential/commercial use, as well as efforts to assist restaurants in surviving the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic by making it easier for them to offer outdoor dining.

Hope said she is now working to wrap up projects “and hand them to someone else to carry on and not leave any gaps.” While the city is hiring to fill her job, she’s not sure if a new person will be appointed before she leaves July 1. However, she’s confident that her staff of 19 employees will be able to continue building on the department’s achievements. “They’re a really good team of people and work well together,” Hope said. “They’re very committed.”

Hope likes to stay active — she hikes, runs, kayaks and paddleboards — so it’s no surprise that her immediate plans after retirement include spending more time hiking in the Northwest. But when pandemic restrictions ease, she plans to check some travel destinations off her bucket list, including a long-awaited trip to France with her sister and brother-in-law, as well as a visit to Japan. Hope also has two sons who live in the area, and she said that spending time with grandkids is a high priority.

“I have really enjoyed working for Edmonds,” Hope said. “I’ve enjoyed the people, the beautiful community, the range of issues to deal with and be part of. It’s been my pleasure to be here.”

— By Teresa Wippel

 

 

  1. I worked with Shane for about 13 years in Mountlake Terrace and she’s a gem! Shane was a role model to me when I started in local government and I appreciate all the positive contributions she’s made to the South Snohomish County area and the region. Under her leadership, her communities have received quite a few VISION 2040 and other state/regional awards. What a career! Wish you all the best, my friend!

  2. A true and valued Planning Director with a credential of excellence and trust, be it with city, county, regional, or state government. Edmonds is fortunate to have “captured ” Shane with her broad knowledge, experience, and work ethic these past several years.

  3. Please– Shane– say it isn’t so!! You are such a professional and always a pleasure to work with. I have no idea how we’ll replace you– I guess the best we can hope for is that you will help us find another competent Director.

  4. Well done Shane, thank you for all your good work for Edmonds and all the other communities you have served. I remember well and with much appreciation, your greatly valued assistance to so many of us local government planners, during the early days of implementing the new state growth management act in the 1990s, when you worked for the state. Have a wonderful and much deserved retirement.

  5. Congratulations, Shane, you’ve paved another landscape of beautiful projects and environments for the City of Edmonds, as you have for many other Washington communities. I cherish the time I worked with you and your staff at CTED’s Growth Management Division. Helping citizens across the state share in growth management planning in their communities was among the best of your public service projects. I look forward to walking those country roads with you as you step away from public service.

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