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Senior Planner

Town of Matthews
Matthews, NC
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Land-Use Management
Zoning Administration
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
*Hiring Salary Range $52,255 - $66,625.* *Position Salary Range: $52,255 - 80,995.00*

General Statement of Duties:

 Performs journey to advanced level professional planning work in current planning projects for the Town.

An employee in this class performs difficult journey level planning work to provide coordinated guidance and regulation of the growth and development of the Town.  Work involves administering the residential and commercial site plan review process; assisting citizens and developers with various development issues; providing staff assistance to various Boards; processing re-zonings; special projects; and preparation of text amendments as needed.  Work involves considerable public contact often in sensitive or emotional issues requiring judgment, firmness, and tact.  Work is distinguished from the Planner classification by greater independence, complexity of projects, and impact of decisions.  Work is performed under general supervision of the Planning Director and is evaluated through conferences, review of work results obtained, and overall acceptance of the programs by the Town's citizens.

 Essential Duties and Tasks:

  • Coordinates the residential and commercial site plan review process by reviewing plans for compliance with land use plans, zoning ordinances and regulations; administers zoning and subdivision ordinances for the Town; provides considerable guidance in advising developers on the consistency of their interests with Town land use plans; reviews plans for technical compliance with various local, state and regional regulations; presents plans at Planning Board and Town Board meetings.
  • Reviews plans for compliance with land use plans; researches and prepares recommendations for board consideration; reviews commercial site plans for compliance with town codes.
  • Researches and prepares planning elements necessary for decisions by management or boards regarding land use, zoning, housing, transportation, open space, and environmental impact.
  • Serves as staff to Planning Board, Town Commissioners and other commissions and committees; prepares reports and packets for review; attends meetings.
  • Leads and/or participates in Technical Review Committee meetings; coordinates information flow.
  • Facilitates various meetings, charrettes, and public hearings; makes presentations and takes questions at public meetings.
  • Performs a variety of special projects including research, drafting plans, text amendments, grant development and administration, streetscape plans, transportation plans, open space plans, historic homes/district, etc.
  • Coordinates the preparation of or prepares presentations, charts, maps, graphs, and other illustrative materials for presentation to elected officials, appointed boards, and citizens.
  • Assists the public, developers, engineers, contractors, and others with information, processes, technical guidance and other customer service needs.
  • Prepares information and studies for various plans.

Additional Job Duties

Performs related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge of Town zoning, land use, and other ordinances and codes.
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of community and economic development and public sector planning.
  • Considerable knowledge of governmental laws, programs, and services pertinent to the community and economic development and planning processes.
  • Considerable knowledge of technology and GIS systems including application of software, hardware and peripherals to planning needs.
  • Considerable knowledge of the environmental and socio?economic implications of the planning process.
  • Considerable skill in the collection, analysis, and presentation of technical data and planning recommendations.
  • Considerable skill in collaborative conflict resolution, meeting facilitation, and public presentations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with community groups, federal, state, regional, Town officials, and the general public.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with staff, leaders, volunteers, elected officials and the general public.
  • Ability to enforce codes with firmness and tact.
  • Ability to prepare comprehensive reports and studies.
  • Ability to express ideas effectively in oral and written forms.

                                                                            Typical Qualifications:

 Physical Requirements:

• Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of reaching, standing, walking, grasping, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions.

• Must be able to perform light work exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to lift carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.

• Must possess the visual acuity to examine and work with maps, charts, and detailed materials, operate a computer, inspect sites regarding planning issues, and do extensive reading.

Desirable Education and Experience:

Master's Degree in Planning or related field and professional experience in public sector planning; or Bachelor's Degree in planning and considerable experience as a planner in a local government office; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special Requirements:

• Prefer AICP certification

• Possession of a valid NC Driver's License.


All job requirements are subject to possible revision to reflect changes in the position requirements or to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. 

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to which will be required in this position.

Published on:
September 6, 2019 - 8:41am
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