WESTPORT — Town Planning and Zoning Director Steven Palmer will be leaving his position Nov. 14.

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe announced Friday, Oct. 21 he accepted the Palmer’s resignation and he has named Deputy Director Mary Young to the position.

According to a statement from the first selectman’s office Palmer accepted a similar position in another town effective Nov. 14.

“I want to thank Steve for his contributions to the Town and the P&Z Department,” said Marpe. “Although his time was short, he was a valuable asset to the Department.”

Mr. Palmer stated, “I am grateful for the opportunity Westport gave me and am happy that Mary will continue as Director of the department. Westport is in very capable hands.”

Mary Young has been a member of Westport’s zoning staff since 2002. Prior to that, she served on the P&Z staff of the Town of Greenwich. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY, Purchase, and a Master’s Degree in Community Planning, Policy Analysis Concentration, from the University of Rhode Island. Ms. Young has obtained her Professional Certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and, most recently from the CT Association of Zoning Enforcement Officials (CAZEO).

“I am very happy that we are able to promote Mary to Director of Planning & Zoning,” said Marpe. “She brings a unique combination of professional planning and zoning expertise and local knowledge that make her a critical resource to the department staff, the P&Z Commission, the ZBA and most importantly, to the citizens of Westport. I am confident in her ability to continually improve office procedure, customer service, and the planning functions that are critical to the success of that Town department. I look forward to working with her to insure a seamless transition in this leadership position.”

In addition to her day-to-day responsibilities as Director, Mary will be leading the update of the Town’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD), and will be the Co-chair of the Saugatuck TOD Master Plan Steering Committee, currently in its final stages of formation.