Dahvia Lynch, former Chief Planning Officer for North County Transit District, will serve as the new Development Services Director for the City of San Marcos.
“After an extensive and competitive recruitment process, we have found the right person to step into this critical role,” said City Manager Jack Griffin. “Ms. Lynch brings a wealth of planning, project management and general management experience to the team with an understanding for the San Marcos vision—a well-planned community that promotes the interest of all its residents.”
Stepping into the new role Monday, Nov. 14, Lynch said it is an exciting time to join San Marcos.
“San Marcos is a vibrant community with opportunities to move the right kind of development forward,” said Lynch. “I am eager to support progress and the evolution of a community that has something for everybody.”
As the Development Services Director, Lynch will assume full responsibility for of the Development Services Department including planning, building, and land development engineering services and activities. She will be charged with facilitating a customer-centered environment that focuses on efficient, accurate, consistent and positive outcomes while coordinating land use and building approvals for all development.
“One of my first priorities is to advance the city’s customer service and economic development goals,” said Lynch. “My focus will be on improving existing protocols for processing private and public projects so that we are as efficient as possible while respecting an existing regulatory framework.”
With more than 15 years of land use planning and project management experience, Ms. Lynch brings a track record of successful capital project delivery and executive leadership in government agencies.
While with North County Transit District, Lynch was responsible for overseeing planning staff in performing transit service planning and contractor performance management, environmental planning, and regulatory compliance for capital and operational programs. During her tenure, she established a fully functioning division while establishing a business plan, strategic framework, capital program, and improving processes and procedures for highly skilled staff.
Lynch played a significant role at North County Transit District by drafting proposals for joint development at three transit stations and led the Solana Beach Joint Development project through successful procurement.
Ms. Lynch also worked for the County of San Diego for twelve years on long-range and current planning activities, capital project management and in executive leadership with a focus on organizational dynamics and process improvement.
“My greatest accomplishments have revolved around improving development processes associated with public projects,” said Lynch. “It is extremely meaningful when you can see a tangible project delivered to the community.”
Lynch earned a Masters of Urban Planning and a Bachelor’s of Planning, Public Policy and Administration. She is recognized by the American Institute of Certified Planner as a Certified Environmental Planner and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
“I am humbled and at the same time excited about this opportunity to serve the community of San Marcos. I’m eager to get started, immediately working to listen, to foster a team environment, and above all, to contribute to the quality of life for our entire community,” said Lynch.