CAMDEN — For Shenley Neely, working in Camden’s Code Enforcement & Planning Office is a dream job.

Neely started as the town’s new planner Oct. 24.

She said the job of a municipal planner is to help guide and direct development and offer growth management. She added that in this process, it is important to make sure all stakeholders have a seat at the table and a voice.

She is assisting Camden’s Planning & Development Director Jeremy Martin.

Neely has lived in St. George since 2019. She worked previously as a planner in Florida for both Levy County and the city of Gainesville (“Go Gators!” she adds). She has been involved in transit planning and strategic planning.

She has a master’s degree in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Florida School of Architecture.

One of her first projects for Camden is helping ready the town for compliance with LD 2003, which is new affordable housing legislation from Augusta. Items concerning this need to be prepared before the summer for the annual town meeting.

She is also busy getting acclimated to the new job. “Everybody here has been wonderful to work with,” she said.