Ken Curtis is stepping down as the City of Goleta’s director of planning and environmental services. Curtis guided the City Council through the writing of Goleta’s first draft General Plan, which has yet to undergo environmental review and final approval by the city and the state. He is retiring September 1 after a 30-year career career in land-use planning. His post will be assumed by Steve Chase, who on September 5 is leaving his job in Santa Barbara County government, where he has worked since 2001. Chase currently heads up the Development Review Division of the Planning and Development Department.

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