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About Us Kimberly Smith

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Email: KimS@urban-concepts.com

Kimberly Smith, Senior Associate with Urban Concepts, is the Director of our Atlanta office. Kimberly began her career in city planning in 1996 with Urban Concepts, before moving on to work as a City Planner with the City of Atlanta, Bureau of Planning. Her work with the City involved the City’s Neighborhood Planning Unit and interaction with the City Council and the Zoning Review Board.

Later, Kimberly joined the Fulton County Department of Environment and Community Development, serving for several years as project manager implementing community development and environmental policy for a number of county-wide projects, including Environmental Justice resolutions, a Tree Preservation Ordinance, and a Tributary Buffer Standards Ordinance.

Her duties also included review of Environmental Impact Reports, site plan applications, and code compliance.

In 2000, Kimberly moved to Broadlink Communications as Site Development Manager. In this position, Kim was responsible for all aspects of site development for telecommunications installations, including zoning feasibility analysis. She served as the point of contact with local jurisdictions throughout the Southeast, for all matters relating to zoning and permits.

In 2002, Kimberly was afforded the opportunity to join the Henry County Planning and Zoning Department as Chief Planner. Henry County, just south of Atlanta, is acknowledged to be the fastest growing county in the State of Georgia. She was subsequently promoted to Assistant Director and then to the position of Planning Director. Her responsibilities included interface with the County Board of Commissioners, and overall supervision of the department staff.

In 2005, Kimberly choose to return to the private sector and re-joined Urban Concepts as Director of our Atlanta Office. Since that time, Kim has been responsible for the preparation of a series of Zoning Reviews and entitlement actions for projects throughout the eastern United States, ranging from Kansas City to Boston to Orlando. Her activities have also taken her to off-shore jurisdictions in the Caribbean.

Ms. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare from the University of California at Berkeley. Kimberly also holds a Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Finance from Georgia State University and a Masters in City Planning form Georgia Tech.

Kimberly is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the American Planning Association and Board Member of the City of Atlanta Zoning Review Board.