BOUNTIFUL — The new Bountiful City Planner sees some “tremendous potential” to build upon this community’s downtown and much more.
Chad Wilkinson, who assumed those duties April 21, is till getting acquainted with everything the job entails.
The planning director oversees administration of zoning ordinances, working closely with the planning commission. He also works on economic development, business licensing, and serves as executive director of the Bountiful Redevelopment Agency.
“The downtown area is really great. We want to do some things to help our businesses, to help make it really unique,” Wilkinson said.
Bountiful is fortunate to have a “really true downtown area, a real Main Street, which some cities don’t have,” he said.
The city’s recent efforts at helping make it possible for the Bountiful/Davis Art Center to return downtown, by occupying the former RedCon building, are an example of the city working with other entities to make positive things happen, Wilkinson said.
“This will bring people downtown,” underlining his department’s desire to help make that the area ever more successful an ongoing goal, he said.
“I’m excited to work with the mayor and city council, and the residents, and want to find out what the residents want and that we should work toward,” the Morgan native said.
Wilkinson is completing a master’s of science degree in community development from the University of Kansas. He holds a bachelor’s degree in planning from Weber State University.
He and his wife Carol, who he has known since childhood, have five children, ages 7 to 17. They live and Kaysville and the two children attending Davis High School are “definitely Darts,” he said.
In his spare time, Wilkinson enjoys gardening, fishing, hiking as a family, particularly in such county trails as Adams Canyon.
Wilkinson also has a bit of a theatrical flair, and is performing as Matthew Cuthburt in the Kaysville July 4 production of “Anne of Green Gables.”