JOB TITLE: PLANNER/LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
GENERAL STATEMENT OF JOB
The Planner/ Landscape Architect under limited supervision, performs professional planning and urban design work to help ensure the proper development and/or use of land resources. This position ensures that private and public development projects are consistent with adopted plans and policies and comply with the current development code. The position ensures that projects protect and enhance the City of Beaufort’s unique aesthetic character and valuable natural resources.
Performs work that requires a broad knowledge of landscape architecture and traditional city planning and design principles, as well as knowledge of architecture and civil engineering. Work requires considerable judgment and initiative in combining a broad scope of traditional landscape architecture and urban design knowledge and analytical judgment in order to resolve a variety of complex, technical problems.
This position reports to the Sr. Planner/Architect.
SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Reviews and evaluates site plans, subdivision plats, and landscape design plans for compliance with applicable City ordinances and comprehensive plan elements; makes staff recommendations for approval or modification as appropriate.
- Performs inspections for completed projects for compliance with approved plans.
- In cooperation with Sr. Planner, organizes findings and prepares reports, written records, ordinances, memorandums, plans, and studies on programs, projects, and activities for the Design Review Board, Park and Tree Advisory Commission, and City Council.
- Reviews and approves applications for tree removal; perform inspections relating to tree removal requests with guidance from a certified arborist.
- Inspects sites for compliance with tree protection standards and silt fencing, pre-construction and throughout construction phase.
- Serves as staff to the Park and Tree Advisory Commission.
- Serves as a member of the Technical Review Committee.
- In conjunction with other Community Development staff, performs zoning reviews on signs, site plans and other applications as necessary. 2
- Assist Public Works and Downtown Operations staff with design, planning, and implementation of public projects.
- Acts as City liaison to phased development of the Spanish Moss Trail with County, public, BJWSA, and Friends of the Spanish Moss Trail in the design, implementation, and upgrading of amenities.
- Participates in neighborhood planning efforts with the public.
- Provides design assistance on pop-up projects from the Senior Planner or Community Development Director.
- In conjunction with the Community Development staff, prepares and evaluates updates and amendments to development code and planning-related ordinances as necessary.
- Performs emergency or disaster-related duties as assigned.
- Assists with grant preparation and implementation for community development (ex., streetscape projects) and parks projects;
- Performs and assists the with planning projects as assigned; provides professional, advisory and consulting services to local officials for implementation of planning program recommendations.
- Creates and facilitates meetings, seminars, education opportunities for citizen boards, City Staff and the public to increase the knowledge and awareness of current planning trends and regulations.
- Interacts and communicates with various groups and individuals such as the immediate supervisor, City Manager, City Council members, other City department heads and employees, co-workers, County planning staff, board and commission members, architects, engineers, consultants, contractors, news media, community groups, attorneys, state and federal agencies, and the public.
- Attends meetings, seminars, continuing education classes, etc., to maintain knowledge of current planning trends and regulations.
- Performs related duties as required.
MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Requires a Bachelor's degree in planning, or urban design, landscape architecture or related field, supplemented by three to five years of professional experience in urban/community planning and development, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Valid South Carolina driver’s license required.