Clayton Welcomes New Planning Director

CLAYTON – The Town of Clayton has hired Ben Howell as its new Planning Director, effective Aug. 30.

Ben Howell

Howell, who served the past five years as the Long Range Planning Manager for the Town of Morrisville, brings with him 16 years of local government planning experience.

“Ben is an excellent current and long range planner with years of experience working with local governments in North Carolina.” said Clayton Interim Town Manager Rich Cappola. “He has come to Clayton at a critical time as we continue to manage growth and its demand on Town services. I know that he will be a valuable resource to our staff and community.”

Prior to joining the Town of Clayton Planning Department, Howell spent nine years with the Town of Morrisville, four years with the Chatham County Planning Department, nearly two years with the Town of Plymouth, and one year with the Ravalli County Planning Department in Montana.

He is a 2005 graduate of East Carolina University, where he double majored in Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in Coastal and Environmental Planning and Communication with a concentration in Public Relations.

“I am looking forward to being a part of this great community and helping to make it an even better place for all of its residents, said Howell.


  1. Know how you can start? Stop all the da*n building. It’s going to be just like cary before too long and not a tree in sight. Honestly, when is enough enough? Greed, baby. Greed. The poor souls that are left land either don’t farm, don’t want to farm or simply don’t have the tax money to keep pouring into the government. It’s a shame no one ever really owns their land. It gets sold, developed and the rich get richer while us common folk have to deal with the outrageous amount of traffic and an influx of people who have ruined where they’re from only to come here and do the same thing to our once precious and quaint town. All this building and development yet there’s still nothing to do in clayton. Yeah, everyone wants to flock here to live, but they work and play elsewhere. For Pete sake, stop the da*n development or at least give it a rest.

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