George Williamson is a land-use and community planner. He is Principal and majority owner of Planwest Partners Inc. — the Arcata-based consulting business he started in 1997. Planwest provides contract community planning and environmental services to municipalities, special districts, non-profit organizations and private sector clients. George implemented a succession plan for the firm, transitioning his partners to co-ownership, maintaining Planwest’s ability to continue its services. George and his wife chose Arcata as the place to establish Planwest, after coming to know and love the North Coast. Prior to moving here, George held various career planning positions in Oregon, Washington State and Southern California. He has been a Certified Planner [AICP] for over 35 years, and is an American Planning Association life member. George also currently serves as the City of Arcata Energy Committee chairperson.
Why Life Care Humboldt is Important To Me
The community that Life Care Humboldt envisions provides multiple care opportunities in a senior living environment, with the ability to live independently as long as possible. Being able to offer these opportunities is important to me, as there’s currently nothing here in Humboldt offering the Life Care Humboldt integrated social & eldercare service concept.
My wife Judith & I have always valued independent living and community connections. We enjoy being part of the Humboldt community, and want to stay here. Having no children, and no family in the area, we must plan specifically for our own changing and eventual care needs.
The most important aspect, for us, is the inclusion of variable assistance levels, from independent homes to multiple professional care levels. We also feel strongly about being in a well-designed and natural setting that enables us to feel comfortably “at home.” What’s envisioned is a cohesive combination of energy efficient, functional, enjoyable and interactive spaces for living.
As a career land use & community planner, I understand the importance of ‘community’ in a physical and social context. And, the need to reduce our impact on dwindling resources. This importance has grown as I’ve aged. As envisioned, Life Care Humboldt would offer efficiently planned independence and a strong community connection.