Planning and Community Development Director Bryan Schafer officially retired July 31 after 33 years of service to the city of Blaine,

Schafer started with the city in June 1986 as a code compliance officer. In 1990 Bryan became a planner with the city and eventually the principal planner. He became the Planning and Community Development Director in 2000.

During Schafer’s time with the city, he has been involved with a number of the largest developments Blaine has seen.

These developments include:

• The TPC Twin Cities golf course, now home to the 3M Open PGA Tour event.

• The development of The Lakes residential development that added 2,700 housing units and millions of dollars in tax value to Blaine.

• The continuing build out of the northeastern part of the city, which is adding housing.

• Several large redevelopment projects such as Lee’s Wrecking (Blaine Medical Center), Oak Park Plaza (Cub Foods) and Cemstone Concrete Plant (Kwik-Trip).

• Negotiated the acquisition of the 580 acres of land that became the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary.

“Just an unbelievable career,” Mayor Tom Ryan said to Schafer during the July 8 City Council meeting. “If you look around, you see something he has touched. ... We wish you the best, and it has been awesome working with you.”

“I appreciate the comments, and I appreciate the support I’ve received from this council and previous councils,” Schafer responded. “It has been the best job in the metro,. It has been the best job at City Hall, and I’ve appreciated almost every moment of it.”

Compiled by Paige Kieffer

 

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