Michelle Irace is Lake County’s New Principal Planner
Brings More Than a Decade of Planning Project Experience
An urgent and important message from the County of Lake’s Community Development Department, Planning Division.
Lake County, CA (December 19, 2023) – Lake County is a gem of rural Northern California, rich in natural beauty and year-round outdoor recreational opportunity. At the center of our county is Clear Lake, the largest natural lake fully within California’s borders, and believed by many to be the oldest natural lake in the United States. Lake County has a rich Tribal history; seven federally recognized Sovereign Tribal Nations are historically associated, and trade routes in what is now Lake County once brought even further Tribal communities together. Dark skies provide for superior stargazing, as well.
This unique complement of qualities makes Lake County rich in opportunities for investment. The County of Lake’s Community Development Department is open for business, and interested in helping developers and other proponents ensure their projects can be expeditiously and successfully completed in Lake County. Thoughtful management of our environment and cultural resources is likewise essential to responsible growth.
For these reasons, the Community Development Department is very pleased to announce Michelle Irace has been appointed Principal Planner, and began serving in this role Monday, December 4.
Ms. Irace brings more than a decade of Planning project experience, and extensive background in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), including highly responsible work on behalf of private entities and federal and local government agencies. Irace is a proven subject matter expert and leader, having managed teams of both planning staff and consultants.
Her Lake County-focused and regional experience is of particular value in her new role. Most recently, Irace served as Planning Manager for the City of Ukiah, contributing to period of significant and economic growth for that jurisdiction while working with diverse community, professional, and government partners. She likewise previously served as Senior Planner for the County of Lake, and meaningfully contributed to both policy development and project reviews in that previous service.
Natural resources- and environmentally-focused work with a private consulting firm and Sonoma County Water Agency have likewise prepared Ms. Irace for the broad complement of responsibilities she has assumed.
“We could not be more thrilled Michelle Irace has resumed service with the County of Lake, and committed to working hard to provide for the best possible future for Lake County’s communities,” emphasizes Mireya Turner, Lake County’s Community Development Director. “Michelle has the leadership qualities and breadth of experience to help Lake move quickly and responsibly forward.”
Please join in welcoming Michelle Irace back to service with the County of Lake!