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New Planning & Parks Director Named In Catawba County
New Catawba County Planning & Parks Director Chris Timberlake (left) will assume the role full time following the January 1, 2022 retirement of longtime director Jacky Eubanks (right).
Photo courtesy of Catawba County Government

New Planning & Parks Director Named In Catawba County

Former Assistant Planning Director Chris Timberlake has been promoted to Planning & Parks Director for Catawba County. He is currently serving as co-director alongside longtime Planning & Parks Director Jacky Eubanks until Eubanks’ official retirement January 1, 2022.

Eubanks has served as Catawba County’s Planning & Parks director for nearly 20 years. Throughout his tenure, Eubanks oversaw the development and implementation of the county’s Small Area Plans, the Farm & Food Sustainability Plan, the Voluntary Agriculture District Program, and several iterations of the Parks Master Plan.

One of Eubanks’ most significant contributions has been the introduction and development of the county’s Unified Development Ordinance, which brought the county’s various planning regulations together into a more simplified, cohesive approach toward guiding development.

Additionally, under Eubanks’ purview, the Catawba County Park System grew from one to four parks (Bakers Mountain, Riverbend, St. Stephens and the forthcoming Mountain Creek) that together offer nearly 1,500 acres of natural habitat for passive recreation. This includes Eubanks’ facilitation of the recent 209-acre expansion at Riverbend Park.

Timberlake has worked with the Catawba County Planning & Parks division for 15 years and served as assistant planning director for the past three. As the county’s new planning director, Timberlake oversees short-term and long-range planning for the County in collaboration with the Catawba County Board of Commissioners, County Manager Mick Berry, other County departments, local municipalities, various external agencies and county residents.

Areas under Timberlake’s oversight within Catawba County Planning & Parks include comprehensive and small area plans, the Unified Development Ordinance, zoning regulations, subdivision reviews, the Voluntary Agricultural District Program and the Catawba County Park System.

Timberlake received dual bachelor’s degrees in Community Regional Planning and Geography from Appalachian State University. He earned the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certified planner designation from the American Planning Association in 2013 and is a member of the North Carolina chapter of the American Planning Association, Balls Creek Lions Club, and Mt. Ruhama Baptist Church. Timberlake resides in Newton with his family.

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[News release from Catawba County Government]