Portrait of Byron Turner

Byron Turner

Deputy Director of Planning

Mr. Turner brings over 20 years of experience as a Planner and Project Manager to LACO, and currently serves as LACO’s Deputy Director of Planning. Mr. Turner most recently served as the Principal Planner for the Lake County Community Development Department and was previously the Assistant Director of the San Benito County Resource Management Agency, where he spent over two years as the Interim Planning Director while the County restructured in uncertain economic times. During this time Mr. Turner also oversaw the County’s Comprehensive General Plan Update. In addition to filling the roles of Associate and Principal Planner in San Benito County, Mr. Turner also served as a Planner and Code Enforcement Officer in the County of Imperial. His history in the public sector working for these Counties provide the unique perspective of seeing projects “from the other side of the counter.” As a public employee, Mr. Turner has had extensive experience in Hazard Mitigation Planning and Emergency Operations, including several years as the Planning Section Chief of the San Benito County Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Working for primarily small, rural counties has also allowed Mr. Turner to have experience in a wide range of project types, from industrial scale energy projects and Planned Developments, natural resource extraction and SMARA compliance, and cannabis development and permitting, to minor subdivisions and use permits, ordinance development, and multiple General Plan and Housing Element updates.

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