MILTON, Ga. — Milton certainly prides itself on its undeveloped areas, a glimmer of green in a metro Atlanta that is constantly becoming grayer and grayer with development.
But the city also prides itself on its development, and not just any, but development that fits the vision of the future Milton. And if you appreciate Milton’s undisturbed lands, as well as its developments, you have Kathy Field — Milton’s community development director — to thank.
Field is responsible for all aspects of development within the city, including planning, zoning, design review, land disturbance and building permitting. She works directly with the City Council, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Design Review Board and the Historic Preservation Commission.
“One of the most important aspects of my position is to provide subject matter expertise and professional advice that helps support informed decision-making by our elected officials, and then work to implement their policies,” Field said. “Other equally important aspects of my position include making sure that good planning principles are utilized and facilitating community input that can be utilized by the City Council for policy-making purposes.”
Field said she also works as a “cheerleader and advocate,” ensuring the vision for Milton is reflected through her and the city’s work.
“I take my responsibilities as a public servant very seriously,” she said. “I’m ever mindful that my position must be handled with the utmost respect and professionalism. Milton is a special place with a unique identity that I try to acknowledge in terms of all of my projects.”
She said she has always enjoyed working with local government because she feels that is where major policy-making takes place.
Field has held her position with the city since Sept. 2011 after a career of holding similar positions in McDonough, Roswell, Newburyport, Mass., and Providence, R.I. She also served as policy director for the lieutenant governor of Rhode Island, her home state. Field made the move to Georgia in 2000 and began working with Roswell after her husband had a job change that brought him to the state.
Field has a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from George Washington University.
She says she enjoys taking time off to visit her vacation home in Savannah with her husband and has a passion for gourmet cooking. She says she has no particular favorite dish or style of food to cook, just anything that peaks her interest.
“I find the more stressed I am, the more detailed cooking I like to do. I find it to be a great stress reliever,” she said.
In addition to her role with the city, Field also values her role as a chairperson of Senior Services North Fulton, which operates senior centers in Milton, Roswell, Alpharetta and Sandy Springs, and provides in-home services to seniors and a Meals on Wheels program. Field also serves as the secretary to the Board of the Johns Creek Community Association.