Barry Frankenfield Named Virginia Beach Planning Director

Monday, December 21, 2015

City Manager James K. Spore today named Barry Frankenfield, a 30-year veteran of Virginia Beach city government, as the new director of the Department of Planning & Community Development. Frankenfield has been interim director since July, when he stepped in for retiring director Jack Whitney.

“I can’t think of anyone who knows more about Virginia Beach and all its future needs than Barry,” Spore said. “He has been deeply involved with so many important city projects, and his background covers such a wide range of disciplines. Barry is the perfect person to lead Virginia Beach’s planning for the future.”

Frankenfield has been director of the city’s Strategic Growth Area Office since 2009. In that job, he oversaw planning for several major projects, including creation of the Laskin Road Gateway and restoration of the iconic Cavalier Hotel. He also was the lead staffer assigned to the Envision Virginia Beach 2040 committee.

Frankenfield joined the city in 1985 as a resort planner. He later served for 17 years as design and development administrator with the Parks & Recreation Department. He also served as executive director of Lynnhaven River 2007, now known as Lynnhaven River NOW, from 2003 to 2005.

Frankenfield is a licensed landscape architect, a fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects, a certified planner, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a LEED Accredited Professional. He is a member of the Virginia Beach City Employee Hall of Fame, and was named City Employee of the Year in 2011. He has won numerous awards for landscape architecture and planning. He holds a master’s degree from the Conway School of Landscape Design and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.

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