David Murphy began his planning career in 2001 at NZ Forest Managers. In 2004 he joined the planning team at Palmerston North City Council where he has worked on a wide variety of city planning projects. In 2009 David he was appointed City Planning Manager, a role where he initiated and completed a full sectional review of the District Plan. In 2021 he joined the Council’s Executive Leadership Team after being appointed Chief Planning Officer.
David provides strategic leadership on city planning, strategy and policy development, long-term planning, urban design, climate change, economic development and transport planning. He works closely with the Mayor and Councillors to help develop strategies and plans for Palmerston North and is passionate about the role of city planning in helping communities to achieve their vision.