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Chino Valley has new Development Services director
Cook brings experience as he returns to Arizona

Joshua Cook has done planning work in three states, including Arizona, before coming to Chino Valley. (Jason Wheeler/Review)

Joshua Cook has done planning work in three states, including Arizona, before coming to Chino Valley. (Jason Wheeler/Review)

Joshua Cook recently came back to Arizona to fill the open spot of Development Services director for the Town of Chino Valley.

Cook, who started Monday, March 25, said he brings about 20 years of experience in planning to the position.

“I’ve planned for communities in Oregon, Arizona and Kentucky,” he said at a recent Chino Valley Town Council meeting. “It’s good to be back in Arizona. I love it here. I grew up here.”

Cook grew up in Tucson, Tempe and Paradise Valley, spending about five years in each location. Coming back to Arizona not only allowed him to further his career, but gave him the chance to be closer to family, he said in an interview later.

With Cook now the Development Services director for the town and Maggie Tidaback recently taking on the role of Economic Development project manager, the Town of Chino Valley is once again fully staffed, Town Manager Cecilia Grittman said.

Of the items on his agenda, one is the rewrite of the town’s Unified Development Ordinance, an endeavor that began back in 2017 with the formation of a subcommittee to oversee the rewrite. Jumping into the middle of the project is not an issue, Cook said, noting he did some work on Wickenburg’s zoning code that he said is similar to the Unified Development Ordinance.

Cook said he is also working on getting some holes in the town’s general plan filled as well as engaged with the town’s eventual goal of a business park at Old Home Manor.

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