Marc J. Kurbansade has been selected as the new Community Development Director for the City of Allen. He will join the city on Monday, September 18.
Kurbansade comes from the City of Rowlett, where he has served as Director of Development Services since 2014. He brings extensive experience in managing new growth for municipalities, as well as private sector planning experience with Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. He holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning and has been a certified planner since 2006 through the American Institute of Certified Planners.
While in Rowlett, Kurbansade oversaw the processing of over 200 zoning requests, $350 million in new building permits and $500 million in private development construction. He also helped coordinate the response to the December 2015 tornado, which resulted in a 300-400% increase in building permit activity for four months following the event.
He previously worked for the City of Saschse as Director of Community Development, where he authored eight code amendments and worked with Dallas County to create a mosquito action plan in response to West Nile Virus concerns.
“We are excited to welcome Mr. Kurbansade to our Allen executive team,” said Peter Vargas, Allen City Manager. “His extensive experience will be a great asset to the Community Development Department and the city at large.”
In addition to his professional experience, Kurbansade is an active member in the Urban Land Institute (ULI). He has served the organization as a Community Development Council Member since 2013 and is a ULI UrbanPlan volunteer for local public schools and universities. He also held leadership roles with the North Central Texas Section of the American Planning Association, Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association and North Central Texas Council of Governments.