Troutman planner resigns after accepting position in Mooresville
BY DEBBIE PAGE
Troutman Town Planner Erika Martin announced her resignation on Thursday after accepting an offer to become transportation planner for the Town of Mooresville.
Martin has had important roles in the Unified Development Ordinance revision, the creation of the Strategic Master Plan, the oversight of the town’s explosive growth, and the development of ESC Park.
Martin made the announcement during the Town Council meeting, saying that the moment was bittersweet.
“When I first started working for my hometown a decade ago, my plan was to work here until retirement. But as a woman of faith, I know my plans aren't always God's plans," she said. “If ever there was a time to leave, it is now, with the recent and positive updates to the future land-use plan, unified development ordinance, and Colonial Crossing ... the project that first made me wonder two decades ago as a high school kid if there was a way to protect trees from development.
“It has truly been an honor, privilege, and dream fulfilled serving as Troutman’s first full time planning director,” Martin added. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to grow and flourish professionally with Mooresville and becoming an active and engaged citizen of Troutman. Thanks to all of you who have been a memorable and important part of my invaluable journey with the Town of Troutman."
Mayor Teross Young praised Martin for her contributions to the town.
“I can’t say enough about Erika, your support for the town, what you’ve done for this town as we’ve grown and developed,” Young said, noting all that she had taught him about planning and development over the years.
“You have stepped up and really shared tremendously with this community your expertise and time with your family, and personally, I appreciate it,” added Young.