Southborough Town Planner Vera Kolias announced she has accepted a position with the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission and will resign her post in Southborough effective April 15.
In a letter to the Southborough Planning Board, Kolias said, “The position affords me the chance to work in regional planning and plan on a much larger scale. While I will miss my friends here in Southborough, I believe that it is time for a new challenge and experience.”
Kolias has been Southborough’s town planner for the past seven years. Last summer she was awarded the annual Regional Spirit Award by the Metrowest Growth Management Committee.
A self-described “zoning geek,” Kolias was integrally involved in the town’s zoning review project. That project hit a snag last week when residents at a public meeting spoke out against the project’s recommendations and methods.
Calling her time as Southborough’s Town Planner a “wonderful experience,” Kolias wrote in her resignation letter, “I have grown in many ways here and I am truly grateful for the opportunities that you have given me here in my role as Town Planner. You allowed me to stretch the boundaries of a traditional town planner, and I will always appreciate that.”
The Board of Selectmen will vote on whether to accept Kolias’ resignation at their meeting tonight.