Senior Planner/ Planner Coordinator

The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Silver Spring, MD
United States
Experience Level: 
Senior

Senior Planner/Planner Coordinator (13012, Grade 22/26)

The Montgomery County Planning Department seeks an experienced and motivated landscape architect, planner, architect, or urban designer, preferably with private-sector experience, to join the regulatory team in the Area 3 Planning Division. This is an opportunity to help shape Montgomery County for the 21st century by having a broad impact on the built environment while advocating for design excellence.
 
Tasks include reviewing, analyzing, and making recommendations on applications for development; ensuring site designs that integrate buildings, public spaces and circulation systems; recreation facilities; and landscape and lighting.
 
Successful candidates must apply knowledge of landscape and architectural design, planning standards, codes, and plans to develop alternatives to resolve planning and design problems. Work entails the interpretation of development plans, codes and regulations; preparation of standard or 3D graphics; and public presentations. Requires effective communication, presentation, and negotiation skills. Experience with GIS, AutoCAD, and SketchUp software is preferred.  Position may be filled at either the Senior Planner or Planner Coordinator level depending upon qualifications. 

Examples of Important Duties:Senior Planner Job Functions: 

  • Consider development review and master planning functions in growing development areas.
  • Provide timely and accurate reviews of preliminary plans, site plans, project plans and sketch plans.
  • Follows established goals, schedules, and deadlines for work effort and assures that objectives are met for completion and occasionally meet with staff to ensure progress.
  • Prepare staff reports that clearly state staff recommendations, issues, and findings, and illustrate issues graphically.
  • Under general supervision, coordinate with applicant, citizens, agencies and staff to resolve issues in a manner that produces appropriate, successful solutions.
  • Interpret and apply codes and regulations.
  • Conduct site visits and document important site conditions.
  • Ensure compliance with development regulations and improve development quality.
  • Coordinate development activities with representatives from other agencies.
  • Prepare technical reports, memoranda, and other correspondence.
  • Under general supervision, deliver presentations to the Planning Board, County Council, Hearing Examiner, and community groups.
  • Review and analyze proposed public facilities.


Planner Coordinator Job Functions: 

  • Coordinate development review and master planning functions of varying degrees of complexity and controversy in high profile development areas.
  • Provide timely and accurate reviews of preliminary plans, site plans, project plans and sketch plans of varying complexity.
  • Develops goals, schedules, and deadlines for work effort and assures that objectives are met for completion and occasionally meet with staff to ensure progress.
  • Prepare staff reports that clearly state staff recommendations, issues, and findings, and illustrate issues graphically.
  • Incorporates knowledge of planning standards, codes, and plans to develop alternatives to resolve planning problems identified.
  • Present and defend staff recommendations to the Planning Board in a Public Hearing setting.
  • Schedule and coordinate pre-submission meetings with potential developers to provide general guidance and feedback on development proposals.
  • Effectively coordinate applicant, citizens, agency and staff meetings to resolve issues in a manner that produces appropriate, successful solutions.
  • Negotiate with developers to achieve the highest quality of development.
  • Offer suggestions, including design alternatives, to address issues raised and help move projects forward.
  • Respond to public inquiries for information or assistance on future development plans and the development process.
  • Coordinate with county and state agencies.
  • Conduct site visits and document important site conditions.
  • Reviews and check work of staff members to assure accuracy.
  • Represent the Planning Department and M-NCPPC at community meetings, public forums, and special events as needed.
Published on:
September 26, 2018 - 9:26am
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