Napa’s new Planning Director to maintain rural sustainability

David Morrison, Napa County Planning Director

We are proud to announce the appointment of David Morrison as Planning Director of Napa County. He was selected this week by the county’s Board of Supervisors.

County Executive Officer Nancy Watt recommended David for the position, “preserving agriculture and the environment is vital to the success of Napa County, and David’s depth of experience in this area will be valuable in guiding the department forward.”

As the former Assistant Planning and Public Works Director for Yolo County, David was instrumental in the development and success of numerous environmental preservation programs, including the county’s General Plan and Housing Element, the adoption of a Climate Action Plan, streamlining the county zoning code, and helping to create the Cache Creek Nature Preserve.

“Napa County is the birthplace of agricultural protection in California and has long been a leader in managing land uses consistent with local values,” Morrison said. “I am honored to be a part of creating solutions to meet the challenges that face our community and to maintain Napa’s role as the forefront of rural sustainability.”

David is also an educator and active member of the community. He has been a guest lecturer since 2007 at UC Davis on a variety of planning subjects, with an emphasis on the interaction between agriculture and urban areas. Before joining Yolo County, he served in various planning positions in the Counties of Tulare and Fresno.

Morrison earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Anthropology, and a Master’s degree in City and Regional planning, both from CSU Fresno.