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Posted on: July 26, 2019

Longtime Community Development Director Retires

Blaine Wetland Sanctuary Aerial - 300

After 33 years at the City of Blaine, Planning and Community Development Director, Bryan Schafer, is retiring. Bryan started with the city in June of 1986 as a code compliance officer. In 1990, Bryan became a planner with the city and eventually the principal planner. He became the Planning and Community Development Director in 2000.

During Bryan’s time with the city, he has been involved with the largest, most prestigious developments Blaine has seen. These include:

  • The development of the TPC of the Twin Cities golf course, now home the 3M Open PGA Tour event.
  • The development of The Lakes residential development that added 2,700 housing units and millions of dollars in tax value to Blaine.
  • The continuing build out of the northeast area of the city, which is adding quality housing and more tax base to Blaine.
  • Several large redevelopment projects such as Lee’s Wrecking (Blaine Medical Center), Oak Park Plaza (Cub Foods) and Cemstone Concrete Plant (Kwik-Trip).
  • Negotiated the acquisition of the 580 acres of land that became the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary as shown above.

Join us in thanking Bryan for his many years of service to the City of Blaine and involvement in helping Blaine to develop many quality projects during his career. 

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