Long-time Columbia River Gorge Commission land use planner Brian Litt announced he will soon be leaving his position with the commission to pursue new career opportunities.
Litt, who is currently the commission's principal planner, indicated he will be moving on later this year to pursue other career directions.
"After much reflection, I have decided to start a new chapter in my life, exploring creative endeavors in which I've had a long-standing interest. I feel fortunate to have been able to serve with many dedicated people during my time at the commission to help protect the treasures of the Columbia Gorge and support its communities. I'll cherish all the great friends I've made through my work here. I'm very excited about the possibilities that lie ahead."
Litt was first hired by the commission in September 1988. He was lead staff for developing scenic protection and recreational sections of the Management Plan for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, then in its earliest conceptual stages. The plan was first adopted in 1991.
He also helped draft the first round of revisions to the plan which went into effect in 2004. Litt has worked on many Gorge transportation planning projects, as well as efforts to increase regional collaboration and community involvement.
Commission chair Joyce Reinig said, "Brian and I have been involved in governance of the Scenic Area for over two decades. During that time Brian has demonstrated professionalism, high ethical standards and fairness in his work. We will miss him."
During his time at the Commission, Litt has served under five different agency heads. He has worked with current executive director Jill Arens since she arrived at her post in September 2006. She said, "It's been an honor to work with Brian. His professional and personal attributes are extraordinary. I wish him the very best."
Litt resides in Hood River with his wife, and plans on remaining in the area.