MANCHESTER - There's a new face to be seen in town hall.

Allison Hopkins started her job as director of zoning and planning on Monday, Dec. 9, replacing Lee Krohn, her predecessor, who served Manchester in the position for 24 years.

"I'm excited to be here and look forward to working with everybody," she said.

Hopkins grew up in Landgrove and Peru, moving permanently to the are when she was in elementary school. She became interested in planning and zoning while getting her undergraduate degree at the University of Denver in Denver, Colo.

It was a internship with the city government in Denver that first sparked her interest in planning and zoning. Her internship focused on geographic information system, which deals with analyzing and managing all types of geographic data. This led to her focus on urban planning for her final two years of school, she said.

She comes to Manchester from the Northwest Regional Planning Commission, where she worked with planning around land, energy and emergency use.

Hopkins said part of what originally attracted her to the position in Manchester was getting to work in a smaller community, with the investment and involvement in one town, as opposed to a larger region.

"I'm excited to get back to the local part of planning," she said.

Getting caught up with all the planning and zoning going on in Manchester will be a challenge, she said, but she is excited to get involved in all the ongoing projects. Hopkins said she is most looking forward to working on some of the proposed bicycle and pedestrian improvements in town. She can be reached by email a a.hopkins@manchester-vt.gov.