Snowmass Village hires former local for dep’t head |

Snowmass Village hires former local for dep’t head

The town of Snowmass Village announced March 17 that it has hired Julie Ann Woods to be its director of community development. Her start date is March 24.

During her 30-year career in planning, Woods has managed the land-use approvals for significant investments in tourism, including resort hotels, more than 500 units of affordable housing and three new ski base villages. She brings expertise in ski-area redevelopment, tourism-based facilities, affordable housing, arts and recreation master planning, historic preservation, community facilities, and business support services.

A 17-year Snowmass Village resident, Woods served as the director of the city of Aspen’s Community Development Department from 1997 to 2004, when she managed building, zoning, planning, historic-preservation and environmental-health divisions. Public projects during her tenure included a new school and world-class recreation campus and a golf and tennis club.

For the past two years, Woods was director of planning and community development for the city of Pueblo and Pueblo County, leading a team of 16 staff members. As director, she worked closely with business and arts groups and Historic Pueblo Inc. to spur arts-industry development within the historic downtown area, promoting regional tourism. In January, Woods was awarded the Pueblo Downtown Association’s Downtowner Award in appreciation for her “extraordinary efforts to make downtown Pueblo the vibrant heart of the community.”

In addition, Woods served as president of Elk Mountains Planning Group Inc., a small private practice that provides planning, historic-preservation, landscape-architecture and public-process services to governments, developers and businesses specializing in resort and mountain communities.

“We are fortunate to have someone who has such a broad spectrum of skills and experience and also possesses an intimate knowledge of our community,” said Gary Suiter, interim town manager. “I’m confident that she’s the right person to lead us in a positive direction as we evaluate new and existing development opportunities.”

Woods received her Bachelor of Science degree in urban planning from Michigan State University and her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Colorado at Denver.

She and her husband, Jeff Woods — Aspen’s manager of parks and recreation — raised their two children, Elizabeth Woods, a member of the 2006 U.S. Ski Team, and Tim Woods, a ski racer and national-level competitive mountain-bike racer, on Snowmass’ trails and mountains.

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