After a Statewide recruitment and consideration of a field of very qualified candidates, we are pleased to welcome Milan Nevajda to Permit Sonoma as our next Deputy Director for the Planning Division.
The Planning Division plays a key role in supporting economic development and ensuring opportunities for the public to participate in land development activity in Sonoma County. The division oversees land uses in unincorporated areas of Sonoma County and reviews current development proposals for conformance with the County’s adopted policies and ordinances. The division develops and implements long-range planning for the County, including the General Plan, the Local Coastal Plan, and other area and specific plans. Planning staff also evaluate the environmental impacts of private development proposals and public projects, such as bridges, roads, and airport projects.
Milan, who starts in this new role on March 26, is originally from Croatia and grew up in Greater Toronto Area. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in History and Economics from University of Toronto and continued on to McGill University in Montreal where he received his Master’s in Urban Planning with a focus on the intersect between economic development, environment, and land use planning.
Milan’s experience in the public sector includes rural, suburban, and urban communities as well as regional entities. His professional background includes service with New England jurisdictions and consultancies before coming to California to work for the M Group. Milan has provided contract planning services to several Northern California cities, including Petaluma, Santa Rosa, and the County for the Airport Area Specific Plan update. Mr. Nevajda possesses the professional, organizational development, business administration and policy skills needed to lead the division.
Milan currently lives in Petaluma with his wife Willa, their son Felix, and their dog. In his free time he enjoys exploring the outdoors, skiing and cycling, travelling to new destinations, and woodworking.