William “Bill” R. Pittman Jr., Principal Planner with the Department of Community Planning & Building, retired on January 15, 2016, after dedicating 37 years of great service to the citizens of Calvert County.
Bill began his service with the County on April 3, 1978, when he was hired as an Associate Planner. At that time, the Planning Department consisted of just five employees. Bill has worked under ten Board of County Commissioner elections, seven County Administrators, four Planning Directors, and numerous Department reorganizations — including three name changes.
During his time with Calvert County government, Bill has been involved in almost every aspect of the Department’s planning duties, including the development of various master plans, four amendments to the County’s Comprehensive Plan, as well as the adoption of the County’s site plan regulations. Bill also served as liaison to the Historic District Commission for 12 years (1978 to late 1990) and helped to establish the Architectural Review Committees.
On July 2, 1979, Bill was promoted to Planner II, and is, perhaps, best recognized for his work as a Development Review Planner. In his first year, Bill was assigned to serve as support staff to Calvert County Planning Commission and has continued to serve in that capacity for 37 years. Between 1978 and 1994, Bill presented over 725 major subdivisions applications to the Planning Commission and was responsible for approving an additional 1,500 minor subdivision applications.
In 1980, the County began to require site plan approval for commercial and multi-family projects, thus, site plan review was added to Bill’s planning repertoire. Accordingly, Bill was promoted to Principal Planner on June 28, 1982. Since the adoption of site plan regulations, Bill has prepared more than 2,231 staff reports and recommendations related to site plan applications for Planning Commission consideration. And in doing so, Bill has attended over 358 Planning Commission meetings in his 37 years of service.
Throughout his career with the County, Bill has been known for his professionalism, integrity, and fair-minded implementation of the County’s zoning regulations. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of working with Bill, he has a wonderful but mischievous sense of humor and an artistic flair, which on occasion, has produced some very entertaining caricatures of different board and staff members. Upon his retirement, he plans to reside in Rehoboth, Delaware.
The Board of County Commissioners of Calvert County presented a proclamation to Bill, as a tribute to his outstanding accomplishments during his career.
Congratulations, Bill, on a job well done!
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon