Atlantic City’s new director of planning and development is the CRDA’s current director, the mayor announced Monday.

Elizabeth Terenik, who joined the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority in July, will take over the city job Monday, Mayor Don Guardian said.

“With Elizabeth’s experience in overseeing CRDA’s Land Use Regulation and Enforcement Division, and her first-hand knowledge of zoning policy and regulations within the Tourism District, she is a natural fit,” Guardian said. “I will be relying on her experience and creativity to take Atlantic City’s planning and development to the next level.”

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Terenik previously served as director of planning and engineering for Ocean City and as a zoning/code enforcement officer in Wildwood Crest, and has more than 20 years’ experience.

She also owned and operated Terenik Land Use Planning LLC, which assists local governments and planning and zoning boards in meeting land-use responsibilities.

“Our loss will be the city’s gain,” CRDA Executive Director John Palmieri said. “The good news is that we have partners in Mayor Guardian and Elizabeth, who understand the importance of working together to advance the mission of the Tourism District and city. Elizabeth will, undoubtedly, reinforce this connection as she brings her skills and abilities from CRDA to the City of Atlantic City.”

The Rutgers University graduate holds certifications and licenses from the New Jersey State Board of Professional Planners, American Institute of Certified Planners and Municipal Housing Liaison.

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