Planning Manager Tara Hullinger Retires After 21 Years of Service

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News Date: 
September 9, 2020
Retired Planning Manager Tara Hullinger

Advanced Planning Division Manager, Tara Hullinger, of Community Development Department retired on September 4th, 2020 after 21 years of service with the City of Salinas. Tara returned to work in Salinas, her hometown, in 1999. Tara began her career at the City as an Associate Planner, and was later promoted to Senior and Principal Planner, and became the Advanced Planning Division Manager in 2014.

Tara leaves behind a strong legacy of sustainable and innovative planning at the City of Salinas, having led the 2006 Zoning Code Update, the award-winning Housing Element Update of 2015, the City’s first Economic Development Element of the General Plan, the West Area Specific Plan of 5,000 housing units, and the Central Area Specific Plan of over 3,000 housing units. Tara was the first staff person in Salinas to introduce CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) principles in Salinas planning, which can be seen throughout our Zoning Code. Other notable projects that Tara have worked on include the Lowes Shopping Center, the Food4Less Shopping Center, Williams Ranch neighborhood, and the Montebella neighborhood. These efforts bring thousands of jobs and homes to Salinas and will have an indelible impact for future generations.

Tara was also behind the Regional Farmworker Housing Study and Action Plan for the Salinas and Pajaro Valley’s – a City study completed in 2018. Most recently, Tara worked with the stakeholders and the community of Salinas to develop Guiding Principles through the Visión Salinas initiative for the upcoming General Plan Update, and led the City’s Census efforts, ensuring that Salinas’ hard to reach populations are counted.

To top her career off, the Community Development Department won the Excellence as a Public Planning Agency award for 2020, by the California Chapter of the American Planning Association, in recognition of Visión Salinas and the Department’s consistent quality of planning work. The Community Development Department would like to thank her for her 21 years of service and steadfast commitment to the City of Salinas.