Rezoning Planning Manager

Charlotte Planning, Design & Development
Charlotte, NC
United States
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 


JOB #:  501514

The Charlotte Planning, Design & Development Department (PD&D) is responsible for planning activities for the City of Charlotte and portions of Mecklenburg County, an area covering over 300 square miles and serving more than 875,000 residents. The department’s vision is to collaborate with community partners, guide growth with innovative and creative solutions, sustain our natural environment and community character, and design vibrant and inclusive places. The Department includes over 100 members organized into divisions covering Community Planning, Land Development, Entitlement Services, Urban Design, and Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO).

The department’s current work is focused on:

  • Developing a Comprehensive Plan and a Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) to implement the Comprehensive Plan
  • Coordinating the rezoning, zoning administration, land development, historic district, and subdivision review processes
  • Providing Metropolitan Services through CRTPO
  • Guiding growth and enhancing urban design of the City and County.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The Entitlement Services Division of the Department is seeking to fill a senior level leadership position responsible for leading, managing and enhancing the City’s rezoning process. 
  • This is a highly visible role that involves working directly with the City Council, Zoning Committee of the Planning Commission, community members and representatives of the development community.  
  • The ideal candidate for this position will have substantive zoning experience and be able to identify and implement efficiency improvements to the City’s rezoning process.
  • The Rezoning Manager coordinates the day to day operations of the department’s rezoning process. 
  • This position includes managing the work and mentoring junior staff directly assigned to the rezoning process, as well as coordinating with staff in other division and departments. 
  • The work involves overseeing the multi-step rezoning process, analyzing specific rezoning requests, receiving input from community members, negotiating with rezoning petitioners, developing staff recommendations, and presenting petitions and advocating for a staff perspective to elected and appointed bodies on rezoning requests.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree, with seven (7) years of thorough and relevant work experience or a Master’s Degree with five (5) years of relevant work experience

Preferred Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree with a specialization in urban planning or related field; Master’s degree in land use planning, public administration, architecture, or related field; Five (5) or more years of managerial experience. AICP or other certifications (AIA, PE, GISP, LEED, etc.) are preferred.

Specific skills include:

  • Demonstrated leadership and management experience in a planning agency
  • Demonstrated ability to develop consensus between differing stakeholder perspectives
  • Experience working closely with government boards or commissions
  • Ability to analyze development proposals and lead discussions/negotiations related to such proposals
  • Public speaking and professional writing skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to manage and improve complex processes
  • Ability to work comfortably with diverse groups on a variety of issues 
  • An understanding of North Carolina statues related to rezoning procedures
  • A thorough knowledge of planning principles and the regulatory approaches to implement these principles  
  • Experience administering development regulations, especially zoning regulations and rezoning processes
  • Familiarity with Charlotte’s development regulations and rezoning process, as well as rezoning approaches in other communities, especially within North Carolina, is preferable
  • Must demonstrate initiative and self-motivation in a fast-paced and ever-changing work environment

Salary Range:

$91,132; Depending on qualifications

 How to Apply:

Apply online.

If you need assistance completing your online application, you are welcome to visit the City of Charlotte Human Resources Department lobby where we have workstations available.

Our office is located at 700 East 4th Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28202. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), excluding official City holidays. Anyone seeking an accommodation to apply for a job may call (704) 336-2285 for assistance or you may email questions to

Conditions of Employment:

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.
Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments. Some positions may require the ability to obtain a City Driving Permit. Candidates may also be required to pass a physical examination, polygraph exam, other skill evaluations and background check screens.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Published on:
November 16, 2018 - 9:02am
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