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Zoning Coordinator

City of Flint
Flint, MI
United States
Professional Areas: 
Zoning Administration
Experience Level: 
Entry Level
AICP Certification: 
Not required

Zoning Coordinator Level 26 – Local 1799

Starting Wage: $24.085/hr

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: The City of Flint Zoning Coordinator functions as part of the Planning and Zoning Division which falls under the Department of Planning and Development for the City of Flint. The P&D Department is comprised of 4 divisions: Blight & Neighborhood Stabilization, Building & Safety Inspections, Community & Economic Development and Planning & Zoning. The position will perform a variety of tasks in support of the P&D Department.


Zoning Coordinator works under the guidance and direct supervision of the Planner III.


Management skills are required to provide oversight of contractors, Planner I, and planning interns.


Essential Duties are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills. They are intended to be accurate summaries of what the job involves and what is required to perform it. Employees are responsible for all other duties as assigned.

  1. Coordinate the application, review and enforcement of zoning ordinances. Involves: Conduct plan review of permit applications, plan review of planned projects and facilities for compliance with zoning ordinances. Manage and coordinate zoning plan reviews along with supporting field inspection and enforcement efforts. Provide technical training and support to Department employees. Provide technical support and code interpretation to architects, engineers, contractors, developers, City departments, Mayor, City Administrator, City Council and the general public.
  2. Coordinate zoning ordinance requirements with fire department, the county health department and state agencies.
  3. Oversee administrative support and development. Engage with developers, businesses, business leaders, attorneys, real estate agents, brokers, concerned citizens, community groups or associations, and politicians regarding application of zoning ordinances to specific existing or planned projects or facilities.
  4. Research and investigate proposed projects and facilities. Prepare zoning certificates, compliance notices, use permits, or reports.
  5. Review and analyze existing codes; make recommendations on and facilitate implementation of new codes.
  6. Prepare resolutions and other legal documents related to the administration of the zoning ordinance
  7. Provide technical support and prepare applications for review to the City Planning Commission and Historic District Commission. Participate in deliberations of these commissions.
  8. Provide recommendations regarding zoning appeals and technical support to the Zoning Board of Appeals.
  9. Prepare applications as a special exception or variance for presentation to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Check drawings for compliance. Request maps for location of structures and improvements. Research the history and legal status of cases.
  10. Supervise any assigned staff.
  11. Other duties as assigned.


  1. Zoning codes and ordinances
    1. Long-range, current, urban, and transportation planning theory and best practices
    2. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
    3. Public speaking and public relations methods to persuade, negotiate, and mediate issues
    4. Clear concise oral and written communication skills to prepare and present technical training, reports, and public speaking engagements
    5. Interpretation of oral, written, mathematical, legal, statistical and regulatory information dealing with zoning ordinances, regulations and enforcement
    6. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, officials, customers, vendors, contractors, regulatory and funding agencies and the general public
    7. Management of multiple cases and the ability to meet strict deadlines
    8. Familiarity with the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act (MZEA)
    9. Familiarity with the Secretary of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation



  1. Bachelor’s degree in public or business administration, planning, urban development, architecture, engineering or related field, or
  2. Zoning Administrator Certificate or related certification within one year of hire.
  3. Equivalent combination of training and increasingly responsible professional and technical work experience in a Planning and Zoning or City/County Administrator’s office administering zoning ordinances, reviewing site plans and performing other relevant work which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.


  • Master’s Degree in planning or related field
  • Experience in Historic Preservation planning
  • Familiarity with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping software is highly desirable.

*Any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience, which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job, may be substituted for evaluation at the discretion of city management.


  1. Ability to travel to community meetings.
  2. Ability to attend evening and weekend meetings and conferences.
  3. Have a valid driver’s license and ready access to a motor vehicle


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

Published on:
November 4, 2019 - 3:50pm
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