City of Fargo
Fargo, ND
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Land-Use Management
Experience Level: 

Under general supervision provided by the Planning Administrator, the Planner is responsible for planning and implementing department projects and programs by collecting data, completing research, and providing project administration. The Planner performs complex analytical work through the identification, collection and interpretation of data used to prepare plans, reports, maps, tables and charts.  The Planner may also be assigned to the management of complex programs or assigned the responsibility to review important land developments or the administration of the Land Development Code.

Planner may work with community development, neighborhood, or redevelopment programs. Community development work may include action planning, plan compliance, environmental reviews, and monitoring of projects and files.

Additional skills and abilities desired include knowledge of housing programs, federal, state and local regulations, grand administration and prevailing wages including Davis Bacon. 

Primary Responsiblities:The Planner may be assigned to specific areas such as development review, redevelopment, land development code administration or land use planning.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Responsible for identifying, collecting and interpreting complex data and information used to prepare plans and reports.
    1. Develops complex plans and reviews major development plans; creates and writes staff reports on planning projects, studies and proposals;
    2. Prepares or instructs others to prepare maps, photos, tables and charts reflecting conditions and trends for planning reports and presentations;
    3. Performs advanced analysis of internally or externally initiated ideas, proposals and applications to identify compliance with current ordinances, policies and practices;
      1. Identifies likely positive or negative outcomes; based on analysis, identifies environmental, economic, or legal impact and ways that positive impact can be reinforced and negative impact mitigated;
      2. Seeks to identify solutions that will produce positive outcomes for the City and its citizens;
      3. Participates in negotiating positive outcomes for the City, property owners and citizens.
  2. Communicates effectively, professionally and courteously and maintains working relationships with others in carrying out job functions.
    1. Regularly interacts with the public on elevated issues pertaining to department policies, procedures and protocols; refers to others as appropriate and follows up to ensure inquiries are resolved satisfactorily; 
    2. Presents reports and plans during Board and other meetings;
    3.  Communicates with others in the work unit to provide information relating to work assignments and progress of work or to convey information about conditions or work related needs.
  3. Performs all job duties in compliance with safety guidelines and with an ongoing awareness of safety practices.
    1. Knows and follows department and city rules as well as sound work and safety practices in order to accomplish the job objectives and avoid injury or loss;
    2. Wears proper protective equipment when policy requires or conditions indicate a need exists and utilizes proper body mechanics and ergonomics while performing work;

When potentially unsafe conditions are observed makes efforts to avoid or correct them if they are controllable and draws them to the attention of the responsible supervisor or safety representative in a timely manner.

  1. Conduct pre-application meetings with developers, land owners, and representatives.
    1. Contact developers, property owners, and representatives in a timely manner regarding application submittal, review and action
    2. Research city ordinances and applicable data bases
    3. Understand and represent Department/City policies, procedures, and regulation
    4. Meet with and/or present to citizens, community organizations, and community leaders; respond to zoning and land use questions.
  2. Conduct Site Plan reviews and oversee Site Plan review of others as assigned
    1. Participate in preliminary review meetings with internal and external review agencies;
    2. Analyze data and generate reports, maps, graphs, and PowerPoint presentations;
    3. Generate Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment, and preliminary review packets;
    4. Provides staff recommendations to Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment, and other bodies during public hearings.
  3. Maintain official zoning map; maintains conditional use permit, conditional overlay and other special use type data bases and mapping files
  4. Maintain ordinance book and ordinance scanning database
  5. Process zone confirmation letters, temporary permits, administrative parking reductions/residential landscape buffer waivers
  6. Performs other duties and activities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:The job requires graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in urban planning, or landscape architecture; a Master's Degree is preferred; and at least three (3) years of municipal planning experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above. A valid driver's license or evidence of equivalent mobility is also required.
Knowledge, skills and ability include:

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of urban planning;
  • Knowledge of computer applications in urban planning and business;
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local regulations pertinent to urban planning and development;
  • Knowledge of local and state regulations and ordinance pertaining to land use; 
  • Ability to respond quickly and accurately to land use questions;
  • Understanding of AutoCAD;
  • Understanding of Arc View;
  • Understanding of past and current land use trends, practices and standards.
  • Skill in organization and statistics;
  • Skill in developing and interpreting data;
  • Skill in interpreting federal and state regulations;
  • Skill in performing mathematical computations such as algebraic functions;
  • Skill in communication and interpersonal skills as applies to interaction with coworkers, supervisors, the general public, etc., sufficient to exchange or convey information, resolve disputes and receive work direction.
Published on:
January 4, 2019 - 5:45pm
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