Director, Community Planning, Housing and Development
Steven Cover, AICP, joined Arlington in March 2015 as Director of the County’s Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development (CPHD).
Mr. Cover has extensive experience leading local government planning departments. Most recently, he was Madison, Wisconsin’s Director of Planning and Community and Economic Development. In that position, he supervised planning, economic development, building inspections, housing and community development. Mr. Cover developed Madison’s first comprehensive Transportation Master Plan, and led major redevelopment initiatives throughout the city.
Mr. Cover’s responsibilities will include supervising Planning, Zoning, Inspection Services, code Enforcement, Housing and Neighborhood Services and taking the lead on key County initiatives in the areas of long-range planning, transportation planning, development review, zoning, housing and neighborhood conservation and revitalization.
Served in Atlanta, Annapolis and Anne Arundel County
Prior to his work in Madison, Mr. Cover was the Director of Planning and Community Development for the City of Atlanta, GA; the Director of Environment and Community Development for Fulton County, GA; the Director of Planning and Code Enforcement for Anne Arundel County, MD, and Managing Principal at HOK Architects in Atlanta, GA.
He holds a Master of Architecture and Master of City Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture.
Arlington’s award-winning Department of Community Housing, Planning and Development is responsible for the development review process; comprehensive planning; zoning administration; inspections and code enforcement and data analysis for Arlington County. The department is responsible for planning both in Arlington’s neighborhoods and in the densely developed, transit oriented Metro corridors. CPHD is the lead department in implementing the County’s Smart Growth planning vision.