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Scott McBride is the new Director of Development Services

Mike Conway

Post Date:07/14/2017

Scott McBride to head up City's Development Services

Scott McBride has been named the City of Merced's Director of Development Services effective Aug. 14. He will oversee the Planning, Housing and the Building Divisions.

'Scott is a heavy hitter who will consistently knock it out of the park,' said City Manager Steve Carrigan. 'He has more than two decades of experience in planning, economic development and city administration. We have a fantastic team, and Scott is a great addition.'

McBride will be leaving the City of Atwater as the Community Development Director. Over the past six months, he has served as the Director as well as the Interim City Manager. In that period he also oversaw Recreation and Community Services.

'I'm looking forward to coming to Merced. There are a lot of exciting, transformative projects that are on-going, projects like High Speed Rail, ACE (Altamont Commuter Express), UC Merced collaborations, new Downtown developments' McBride said.

'It's not often that one gets an opportunity to work on so many unique projects like these in a career.'

'My wife and I have roots here in Merced County, this is our home,' he said. 'We have a strong sense of community pride. I am happy to be able to offer my skills and abilities to help make the community even better.'

The Ferrari Ranch Project, an annexation of 359 acres and a 160-acre business park master plan, was a project he guided from the draft environmental review process through the application stage for annexation approval by the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO).

He led the Atwater City-County Property Tax Sharing Agreement negotiations and implementation, and implemented a Sales Tax Sharing ordinance. He also worked with Public Safety and the Council to acquire two fire command vehicles, two police vehicles and replacement firearms for Atwater.

McBride has experience working on the Housing Element required by the state Department of Housing and Community Development.  He previously acquired 10 acres of property for low and moderate income affordable housing.

To encourage development in Atwater to continue, McBride implemented a system that deferred developer impact fees.  He also assisted on grants and studies to improve traffic and pedestrian safety in the community.

McBride facilitated the refinancing of waste water bonds that will help ratepayers save approximately $13 million.

The debt of a Mello-Roos District was retired after McBride helped sell 29 acres of commercial property to a private developer.

That same land was later entitled for a 249,000 sf shopping center.  He also worked to transfer two parking lots from the former Atwater Redevelopment Agency to the City so that there would continue to be adequate parking in the downtown.

The Atwater ordinance supporting commercial marijuana activities and Proposition 64 workshops were conducted under his direction.

He has served as a director of economic development and special projects, administrative analyst, economic development coordinator, enterprise zone coordinator, and planning technician.

An Atwater High graduate, he has a Master's of Public Administration with distinction from CSU Stanislaus and a Bachelor's in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz.

He has previously served on the Atwater Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and has participated in Leadership Merced ' Class 16.

McBride and his wife, Jennifer have two daughters, Gwynne - 17 and Erin - 16. His wife is a full time faculty member at Merced College teaching English Composition. His oldest daughter is headed to CSU Monterey Bay and will be playing DII water polo for the Otters.  His youngest will start her Junior year at Buhach Colony High School.

In his spare time he supports his daughters' aquatics adventures taking them to practices, going to meets, and tournaments.

He also is president of the Merced Skimmers Board of Directors and the Buhach Colony High School Aquatics Boosters.

He likes to play golf and is an avid home brewer.

McBride will make $146,000 annually.

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