After two years on the job and instituting a number of changes in the city\u2019s land use departments, the city\u2019s director of pubic land use is leaving to do consultant work for government agencies. Jocelyn Mathiasen, the city\u2019s first director of public land use, announced last week that she plans to resign in February. The director position was created two years ago to coordinate and oversee the different land use departments in the city and help create efficiencies that would help people get the permits they wanted more quickly. \u201cI believe the department has improved dramatically in the past two years,\u201d Mathiasen said. \u201cThe department truly functions as a team now and with training, technology, staffing changes, and my ability to insulate staff from politics, for the most part we have done a lot of good.\u201d The job has come with frustrations, Mathiasen admitted, saying that it is sometimes hard to give people what they want while following standards and regulations. \u201cMy other frustration is that we are painfully under-resourced,\u201d she added. \u201cI do not understand how elected officials can keep putting enormous pressure on us to do more, faster while every year taking resources away. Efficiencies can lead to doing better or doing with less, but not both. \u201cAfter cutting an inspector and clerk the year before, my first year we were cut to one clerk in the building department, which is an impossible staffing level that has really hurt us. \u201cI wish we could review plans faster and schedule inspections for the same or next day, but there is only a limited amount of toothpaste you can get through the tube, and we just do not have the manpower needed for the amount of work there is in Milford,\u201d Mathiasen said. The city\u2019s land use departments had to deal with Hurricane Sandy and Tropical Storm Irene before her, and that has taught local officials here a great deal. Mathiasen said the storms have shown that homes built to today\u2019s code survived remarkably well; older ones did not. \u201cThere is much to be done, but we are on a good path. I am confident that the mayor will find someone who can build on our successes.\u201d Mathiasen was appointed Milford\u2019s director of permitting and land use in 2010, a position created here to coordinate efforts among three city land use departments. She replaced Douglas Novak, who was interim land use director when the post was created in November 2010. The position was controversial when it was created. A faction of city employees and Milford politicians saw creating the post as a means of taking control from city departments and needlessly creating another layer of government. Nevertheless, Mayor Ben Blake said the post will not be eliminated but that a search committee will start looking for a replacement for Mathiasen, who earned about $95,000 when she started the job. \u201cThe position is certainly something we need,\u201d Blake said. \u201cThere are still challenges in permitting, procedures and bringing new efficiencies and customer service.\u201d The mayor noted a number of improvements in the land use agencies, including the fact that many applications are now online. But there are still improvements to be made, he said.