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 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.
Melissa is a member of the American Planning Association and the Kentucky Chapter of the American Planning Association. She is also a member of AICP, the American Institute of Certified Planners, which is the American Planning Association’s professional institute, providing leadership nationwide in the certification of professional planners, ethics, professional development, standards of planning and planning practice. In order to become a member of AICP, one must meet certain education and experience requirements in the planning profession and pass a written examination. After certification, continuing education requirements must be met to maintain the certification as an AICP member.