Buda hires Melissa McCollum as director of planning

Melissa McCollum was hired as the new director of planning for Buda. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Melissa McCollum was hired as the new director of planning for Buda. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Melissa McCollum was hired as the new director of planning for Buda. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

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McCollum most recently worked in Cedar Park. (Courtesy city of Buda)
The city of Buda has named Melissa McCollum as the new director of planning.

McCollum most recently served as the planning manager of Cedar Park, according to a Jan. 21 release from the city, and previously worked for the cities of Bastrop, Georgetown and San Marcos, as well as in the private sector.


She has a bachelor’s in city and regional planning from California Polytechnic State University and a master’s in interdisciplinary studies from Texas State University.

McCollum started work in December and has four priorities named in the news release: updating the master plan, updating the Unified Development Code, adopting and implementing the new development review manual, and working to become an approved Certified Local Government, a designation that would mean help from state and federal agencies with historic preservation issues. For the details of the goals and priorities, see the city website.
By Katharine Jose
Katharine Jose has written about politics, infrastructure, environment, development, natural disasters and other subjects for The New York Observer, Capital New York, and The New York Times, among other publications. She was an editor for several publicat


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