Meghan Thoreau

County Development Deputy Director
Brookings County Government, Brookings, South Dakota

MEGHANTHOREAU isCounty Development Deputy Director for theBrookings County Government, Brookings, SD.Meghan Thoreauholds a BS in Construction Management from the Milwaukee School of Engineeringand a MRP in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University.  In 2006-08 she was the planner in Pinedale,WY. She administered to boards/councils, ran public meetings/workshops thatinvolved local residents to create long-term goals and plans to improve theircommunity environment. She built the dept. from the ground up in a rapidlyexpanding western “boomtown.” She was involved in updating multiple planningdocuments and drafting new regulations.  In2009 she became involved with Dryden, NY creating an open space master plan.The project also served as the core of her Master’s Thesis where she spent timeresearching conservation techniques, reviewing local planning documents, andworking with local planners and academic advisors. During her time at Cornellshe received two APA Outstanding Student Project Awards for her workshopprojects.  In 2010 she assisted Ithaca,NY with preliminary stages for revising their comp plan; provided GISmapping/analysis; revised the scenic resource inventory document; performed aresidential build out analysis; and researched nodal dev. and form based codes. In 2010-12 she was a planner in Corning,NY where she assisted with energy development/water quality issues for thesouthern tier region. She coordinated projects/information concerning MarcellusShale natural gas exploration and provided ongoing support/technical assistantsfor the county natural gas task forces, water quality committees, andstormwater coalitions.  Meghan Thoreaunow serves as the Deputy Director for the County Development Office inBrookings, SD. She's responsible for: zoning, platting, site plan reviews,building inspections, drainage permits, ordinances, review CAFOs, and updatecounty/PZ commission on current activities, trends, changes in law/policies,investigate complaints/violations, and assist with educational programs andemergency management activities.