Portrait of Elizabeth Burks

Elizabeth A. Burks

Planning Director

Ms. Elizabeth “Beth” Burks serves as a Principal Planner with specific expertise in CEQA and entitlements. She also serves as a Project Manager for municipal, non-profit, and private sector projects from entitlement through construction. She currently manages several municipal on-call contracts. Prior to joining LACO she was a Senior Planner with the County of Humboldt where she worked for 8 years. Her project experience includes infrastructure improvements (water, sewer, power, airports and roads.), affordable housing, government facilities, commercial proposals, coastal development, residential subdivisions, and development affecting sensitive species and habitats. She routinely prepares and presents written reports and oral testimony to decision makers such as Planning Commissions and Board of Supervisors. She has established positive and productive working relationships with project proponents, state agencies, local governments, service districts, and tribal governments. Ms. Burks’ also has expertise in the Brown Act and Public Records Act.

Ms. Burks is an affordable housing advocate having served as Board Member and Board President of Housing Humboldt, a non-profit affordable housing provider, from 2005-2017. During her tenure Housing Humboldt build Humboldt County’s first housing complex for individuals with mental illness that were also chronically homeless, in addition to completing home ownership opportunities through a housing land trust and rehabilitation of older housing complexes.