The City of West Hollywood announced the selection of Nick Maricich as the city’s new Community Development Director. He will begin at the City of West Hollywood on Monday, September 18, 2023.
Maricich is replacing John Keho who was the Director of Planning and Development Services for the City of West Hollywood. Keho retired in July after working for the City of West Hollywood for over 28 years. It appears the title of Community Development Director was changed to Director of Planning and Development in 2019 and changed back Community Development Director in 2023.
Maricich joins the City of West Hollywood with 16 years of service to furthering successful urban planning at the City of Los Angeles. In his most recent role at the City of Los Angeles, Maricich has served as Principal City Planner overseeing functions of the Citywide Policy Planning Division at the Los Angeles Department of City Planning. He also served for five years as the Director of Planning Policy and Development for former City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. He brings a wealth of experience in working with diverse Los Angeles neighborhoods in the areas of community planning and historic preservation. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Geography with a minor in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and he holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.
“Nick’s dedication and innovative approach to community planning and historic preservation during his time at the City of Los Angeles are commendable. His leadership and insights will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the City of West Hollywood and our community,” said City of West Hollywood City Manager David Wilson. “His unique perspective and proven track record will undoubtedly contribute to our ongoing efforts to create a vibrant and sustainable urban environment for our residents and our city will continue to advance its forward-thinking planning work.”
The City of West Hollywood will schedule a series of Town Hall meetings in September to introduce Nick Maricich to the community, along with speaking with and hearing from community members as the goals and vision of the Community Development Department are advanced under the direction of the new Director.
The City of West Hollywood’s Community Development Department (which for several years had been called Planning & Development Services Department) is responsible for managing the City’s urban environment and creating a livable community that balances the needs of residents, businesses, property owners and visitors.
There are three divisions within the City’s Community Development Department that assist in creating and implementing the community’s vision:
- Current and Historic Preservation Planning;
- Long Range Planning; and
- Building and Safety.
The City’s Community Development Department also serves as a leader in coordinating and focusing multi-departmental work efforts to address the wide number of planning and development concerns in West Hollywood. For additional information about the City’s Community Development Department, please visit www.weho.org/city-government/