Melissa Evans was raised in Owensboro. She graduated from Apollo High School. In August of 2008 Melissa completed her Bachelor’s degree at Western Kentucky University in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Melissa started with the Owensboro Metropolitan Planning Commission in July 2005 as a receptionist, she worked her way up to Planning Technician Trainee, Planning Technician, and Planner 1.
In May of 2013, after meeting educational and experience requirements in the planning profession, Melissa passed the written exam to certify her as a member of AICP, the American Institute of Certified Planners.
In October 2014, Melissa became the Senior Planner. Melissa reviews variance, conditional use permit and zoning map amendment applications and prepares staff reports for the OMBA and OMPC agenda items. She reviews plats and development plans submitted to the office and participates in pre-application meetings. Additionally, Melissa is involved with assisting the public with zonings and flood map information, assigning new address to newly created lots and existing lots not previously addressed, entering new addresses in the permitting system, updating several data bases supporting 911 emergency services, maintaining records for all surety files and tracking transfers and releases, maintaining parcel and address layers on GIS and updating the OMPC website.