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Chris Anaradian

Development Services Director, Town of Queen Creek


Chris is the Development Services Director for the Town of Queen Creek, coming onboard as the Town prepares for a new wave of investment and growth that will determine its identity as a community on the front edge of Phoenix metroplex urbanization.


As Community Development Director and Development Services Manager for the City of Tempe, Arizona, Chris Anaradian was responsible for building and leading a diverse team of professionals who drove infill growth and reinvestment in Arizona’s first “landlocked” community, during a period of explosive redevelopment and reinvestment.  Chris also led this team through the “great recession” and was able to maintain the high level of service that Tempe had become known for, while experiencing a 35% reduction in staff.


Chris drove a cultural shift emphasizing value added service delivery, flexibility, and openness within Tempe’s permitting and regulatory agencies.  He streamlined Tempe’s entitlement review process ahead of a run-up in building activity, and drove passage of Tempe’s Transportation Overlay District in advance of investments around Light Rail.  During his tenure, Tempe modernized it’s building codes, reduced development fees, added no new impact fees, and delivered a quality built environment while fostering innovation, flexibility, and trust.


During its initial five years, Chris managed the 220-acre Tempe Town Lake and 500-acre Rio Salado Project, where his team advanced economic development in a challenging private and political environment.  Chris and his team and brought new commercial development, parks, public events and recreational opportunities to the Valley of the Sun that have improved the quality of life of many.


Before joining Tempe, Chris was a capital project management consultant at Kitchell CEM, and a civil engineer with Wood, Patel & Associates.  Chris attended the U.S. Air Force Academy and the University of Colorado, studying Astronautics and Civil Engineering.  As a military engineer with the 823rd Red Horse Squadron, he was deployed to numerous assignments across southwest Asia.


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