Greenville Names New City Planning Director

by | Dec 10, 2016

It is a common topic of discussion when it concerns the construction and renovation done in Greenville, SC.

As long time residents, we’ve found it’s important to have a system that works with a leader that promises to keep projects running smoothly.

With our new planning director, we can only hope for the best transformations through Jay Graham’s visionary ideas.

Greenville finally has a new planning director after months of vacancy. His name Jay Graham and he’s anti-bureaucratic and red tape. In fact, Graham believes government should be an active part of the planning and construction process and not an independent, outside deterrent.


“Regulation is a necessary part of any construction project, but we’re here to serve,” Graham said. “Don’t dictate, team and collaborate. It forces you out of your comfort zone. If you listen and have open lines of communication, you can meld that into a solution that works for everyone. That should not be interpreted as make everybody happy.”


Over the course of his career, Graham has been on both sides. For four years, he was planning and building director in Florence County. Prior to that, he worked in Wilmington, N.C. as the head of that city’s building, code and zoning program. But before entering public service, he worked in the construction industry and as a licensed architect.

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