A major force in Oregon Coast natural resource protection and planning has left his directorship of the Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association and has taken over Lincoln County’s Planning Department. As Planning Director, Husing will watch over not only coastal land use and offshore issues for the county, but also overseeing what people want to build and where, all the while ensuring that it complies with the state’s land use planning laws which can get pretty complicated, since their major thrust is to keep cities cities, and the countryside the countryside.
Husing said, in a county news release, that “I am excited to be starting a new chapter in my life serving as the director of Lincoln County Planning and Development. For my wife, our two children and I, Lincoln County is truly our home. We love it here. I see the job of Planning Director as a return to my roots.”
Husing has a masters degree in land use planning and a law degree. He’s worked in the private sector as a land use consultant and served on the county planning commission for 15 years. Husing may be familiar to most folks as an outspoken advocate of coastal planning and natural resource protection as director of the Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association (OCZMA) for which he served for 16 years.
The release goes on to say that he will miss working with his long-time co-worker Georgia York at OCZMA who is also well known to Oregon Coast elected officials and regulators. Husing goes on, “It’s time to let someone else, someone with fresh ideas and energy to step up and take on the role of Director. I’m gratified by the outpouring of thanks for the work we’ve done. It’s great to see that leaders along the coast are eager to continue the important work that the OCZMA does, and will continue to do.”