Community Planner I
NATURE OF WORK
This position will primarily be responsible for administering the Department of Community & Economic Development programs, assisting in community planning efforts, assisting in the preparation of land use planning policies and procedures, and coordination with Senior staff, officials, residents, regional planning staff and developers.
The work requires a basic knowledge of basic principles of community and urban planning, land use and zoning, familiarity with the Prince George’s County General Plan and Zoning Ordinance and municipal government functions.
Responsibilities will include administration of the City’s community development programming, preparation of graphic reports on various planning matters; assist the City planner with review of zoning, variance, permit, subdivision, design review, and other similar planning related applications. This position will be responsible for oral presentations, performs field work, collaborates with other city departments, assists with community planning efforts, responds to requests for information at the public counter, and performs other duties as assigned. Work is performed under the direct supervision of the City Planner.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (Please note that this description is not intended to describe all the duties associated with this position and the City in its sole discretion reserves the right to modify the duties of the position.)
- Provide community planning support to the City Planner, Director of Community & Economic Development, City Administrator, City Council and Planning Committee with respect to proposed development within the City, or adjacent development which may impact the City.
- Administers the City’s Commercial Façade Improvement program and related community planning efforts.
- Serves as a project co-lead for community planning, affordable housing and transportation studies.
- Develops reports in support of new and updated plans, programs and Regulations.
- Reviews or assists in the review of moderately difficult development proposals, site plans and variances for conformance with codes, plans, and regulations.
- Prepares and presents detailed reports on development proposals to government bodies.
- Performs limited GIS mapping and analysis.
- Assists with the collection of a variety of statistical data and prepare reports and maps on topics such as census information, land use, tax base data, and occupancy rates.
- Evaluates or assists in the evaluation of rezoning, ordinance amendments, site plans, special use permits, variances and other proposals.
- Responsible for the review of community planning, zoning, conceptual and detailed site plan development proposals; coordinate the review with other City staff, the Planning Committee and City Council.
- Serves as the initial point of contact regarding land use, permit applications procedures and other planning issues.
- Prepares and presents testimony related to planning and development on behalf of City Council to County and State Officials.
- Assists with the community planning efforts including the updating and execution of the City’s Community Sustainability Plan.
- As necessary, conducts or assists with feasibility studies for proposed community development projects.
- Responds to public inquiries regarding land-use, development standards, permitting application procedures and other planning issues.
- Prepares materials for presentations to the City Council, community groups and organizations and special interest groups.
- Conducts field evaluations and assessments.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Knowledge of urban and community planning concepts.
- Knowledge of a relevant specialization such as transportation management, land use, or affordable housing is desired.
- Ability to review and analyze conceptual and detailed site plans.
- Knowledge of governmental agencies and processes related to community development, land-use, long-range planning, urban design, and building construction.
- Knowledge of basic architectural and design principles, techniques, issues and methods.
- Basic understanding of LEED and sustainability principles and criteria implementation.
- Basic understanding of computer aided design (CAD), Adobe Suite and the application of GIS data.
- Skill in communicating complex technical information both orally and in writing to others within the profession, to staff, the City Council, and to the community; skill in developing and delivering public presentations.
- Ability to develop community input and support of community development.
- Ability to manage multiple projects and deliver on schedule.
- Awareness of community interests, problems and needs related to community planning.
- Knowledge of effective writing techniques.
- Proficient in Microsoft Suite programs including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Oral communication and interpersonal skills to explain rules and procedures clearly to the Public.
- Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve vaguely defined practical problems.
- Ability to review plans and apply provisions of the ordinances and codes to determine compliance with such regulations and to apply regulations to field conditions.
- Ability to create graphic designs, development strategies, and render site plans via sketches and/or computer graphics highly desirable.
- Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously.
- Ability to work independently or in a team environment as needed.
- Ability to attend to details while keeping big-picture goals in mind.
- Attendance at evening or weekend meetings as necessary.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This position requires light physical effort in working with lightweight equipment, materials and supplies and the occasional operation of normal office equipment.
Our preferred candidate will have one year of relevant community/urban planning experience and a Masters degree from an accredited college or university in the field of community, city or urban planning, or a related field is required for this position. Additionally, candidates with a Masters degree in a related field or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience will be considered for this position.
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATION
The following licenses or certifications are preferred, but are not required:
- American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certification
- USGBC LEED Accreditation
- Valid driver’s license with a good driving record is required
The City of Hyattsville is an Equal Opportunity Employer without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, disability, political or union affiliation. Applications may be picked up at the Hyattsville City Administrative Office, 4310 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD, at the 3rd floor reception area, Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The application is also available for download at www.hyattsville.org. Apply at www.hyattsville.org or mail completed City application and RESUME to City of Hyattsville, 4310 Gallatin Street. Hyattsville, MD 20781.