Prosper adds development services director to town staff

By Aubrey Turner
For the Prosper Press
Prosper recently added a  new development services director to its staff.

As the Town of Prosper continues to grow, it is crucial that the staff be able to support this growth.  Khara Dodds is the town’s new development services director, leading the town in planning and development.

Dodds is excited to have joined the Town of Prosper staff, saying, “It is truly an exciting time to be in this position in Prosper.  There are so many opportunities that are ahead of us and my desire is to help the community pursue and embrace those opportunities.  I would like to see Prosper grow to what it desires to become and to embrace the full embodiment of its vision.  I hope to see the Town as a successful community in the region that offers its residents a great quality of life and neighborhoods where people can live, work, and play together.”

“Under the direction of Rebecca Zook, the Executive Director of Development and Infrastructure Services,  my role as Director of Development Services is to plan for and guide the residential and commercial development of the Town, Dodds said.  “I am responsible for leading the Divisions of Planning, Building Inspection, and Health and Code Compliance of the Department.  As director, I facilitate the coordination amongst the divisions in the services we deliver to the community.  We have a very talented and skilled team in Development Services. I desire to see this team continue to use its skills and talents for the betterment of the Prosper community and to deliver our technical expertise with high quality customer service.”

Dodds has other roles as part of this position as well.

“I am responsible for the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Plan for the Town of Prosper,” Dodds said.  “Comprehensive plans are regarded as the vision document for the community which charts out how the town wants to grow and develop.  It is a document that represents a unified vision. It essentially describes what the Town wants to become in the future and the goals we need to establish to get us there.  Over the next year, the Town will begin the process to update and readopt this plan.  This will be an opportunity where the Town can revisit  its previously  established vision and goals and refine them, where necessary.”

A final key aspect of this role is to develop and build relationships with other key departments and agencies so that the work we do in development can be coordinated with other applicable  governmental and community functions,” Dodds said.  Our goal is to deliver the best service possible to our customers.”

Dodds and her family moved to Texas in 2021 when her husband took a position in engineering in a nearby city.  “With my experience in rural, suburban, and urban communities, I feel like I am prepared to work with Prosper as it continues to grow,” Dodds said.  “As of January 1, 2021, the population of Prosper was 31,100.  This is more than triple what it was in 2010.  There is enthusiasm in the air as this growth is bringing  high quality residential developments, amenities and services that the community needs and desires.  It is crucial that this growth is in keeping with the town’s vision and goals and that we utilize best practices in planning and development to facilitate this growth.   With the abundance of new projects we are receiving in the department, it is important that there is compliance with applicable codes and standards.  Through adherence to these requirements we can ensure that new and existing developments contribute to the health, safety and welfare of the community for years to come.  I see these elements as key aspects in the  Director of Development Services position.” 

Dodds has worked for over twenty years in municipal, county, and state-level planning and development.  Moving from Connecticut, she most recently worked in Glastonbury, supervising the Planning, Building and Zoning, Health, and Fire Marshal Divisions.  Previously, Dodds also worked for the towns of Hartford and Plymouth Connecticut, and for Burlington County, New Jersey.

Dodds earned a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning and a BA in Urban Studies and African Studies from Rutgers University  Additionally, Dodds is a member of the American Planning Association and holds a certificate from the American Institute of Certified Planners.