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After 27+ years of service to the City of Coppell, Director of Planning Gary Sieb has announced his retirement effective January 31, 2017. The city hosted a reception Tuesday, January 24th at Town Center to celebrate his many accomplishments and thank him for his service to the Coppell community. The City Council also proclaimed January 24, 2017 as ‘Gary Sieb Appreciation Day’ during Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting.
Sieb’s career in planning and land development, in both the public and private sector, began after earning a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina. He was hired by the City of Coppell in October 1989 as the city’s first professional city planner.
During his tenure, he worked under three city managers and six mayors, gave countless presentations to City Councils and was instrumental in the preparation and adoption of several city policies and plans. One such document was the 1996 Committee to Improve the Visual Image of Coppell Report, which outlined standards for building materials, signage and landscaping for Coppell, resulting in the way the city looks today.
Sieb helped shape the city’s network of buildings, facilities and amenities through the development of Cozby Library, Service Center, The CORE, Grapevine Senior and Community Center, Rolling Oaks Memorial Center, Wagon Wheel Park and the redevelopment of Andrew Brown Parks.
On top of his many accomplishments in planning, Sieb is also seen as an exceptional leader, visionary and mentor to his colleagues in the Planning Department and the city as a whole. Several external businesses and organizations that have worked with Sieb throughout his time with the city have taken the time to write him thank you notes expressing their gratitude for his enthusiastic attitude, professionalism, knowledge, promptness and helpfulness.
In retirement, Sieb plans to spend time with family, work on restoring his 1956 Corvette and continue designing and building his second home on Lake Michigan.