A former city planner from Auburn has been hired to take over the same role in Saco.

Zach Mosher Photo courtesy of the City of Saco

Zach Mosher, who will begin work in Saco July 2, replaces Bob Hamblen, who retired in June after 17 years as city planner. He will attend his first Saco Planning Board meeting on July 17.

Mosher most recently worked in Auburn, where he reviewed projects for subdivision, site plan, and local and state ordinance compliance, according to Saco officials. He was also the primary staff liaison to the Auburn Planning Board.

Mosher previously worked as a community development specialist at the Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission in Wiscasset, where he provided planning and GIS assistance to towns throughout the county. He earned a master’s degree in community planning from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine.

Denise Clavette, planning and development director, said her team is looking forward to Mosher’s collaborative approach to planning.

“Zach is experienced in bringing developers, city staff and other stakeholders together to identify the strengths, issues or concerns of an application early in the process,” she said in a statement. “This creates an efficient, transparent and smooth experience for all parties involved.”

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