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Summary / Objective
The Planner participates in the City’s planning operations and development review, assists in the development of the Comprehensive Plan update, provides staff support for the Planning Commission; participates in the preparation and presentation of reports, and assists in the completion of assigned planning projects. May act as project manager for assigned projects. This position requires independent decision making with some review and guidance.
Essential Functions / Responsibilities
Below is a general overview of the responsibilities of a Planner. The employee may be asked by the supervisor to perform other duties that are not listed but are essential to the job.
•Responsible for the review of commercial and residential development and sign applications to ensure conformity with the principles of good planning and land use practices and for compliance with the City of Leawood’s Development Ordinance, codes, policies and guidelines.
•Responsible for the creation and review of illustrations, maps, plans, plats, designs or other work for current planning, long-range planning, subdivision development, and land use regulation activities.
•Responsible for review and analysis of planning development applications from submission through construction; including but not limited to analysis of plans and technical documentation to ensure compliance with all applicable ordinances and regulations, performing site plan reviews, coordinating the platting process and addressing the development site.
•Responsible for conducting landscape reviews for compliance with approved plan and producing an annual landscape report.
•Responsible for gathering, researching, analyzing, and preparing staff reports for development applications and presenting reports to the Planning Commission and Governing Body including applications for re-zonings, special use permits, preliminary plans, preliminary plats, final plans and final plats.
•Responsible for preparing written documents and staff reports for the Comprehensive Plan, development ordinance, presentations and special projects, including the research and interpretation of the data.
•Acts as main point of contact for applicants throughout the development review process, including organizing and leading meetings with internal staff, external participants and applicants.
•Responds to inquiries from the development community and members of the public concerning zoning and subdivision regulations and ordinances. This includes providing an explanation on the rational and reasoning behind local land use regulations and plans, state planning laws and policies of the City of Leawood.
•Provides administrative support for the Planning Commission.
•Reviews public records for ownership and zoning concerns for compliance with ordinances.
•Assists in maintaining the department planning files including development ordinance amendments, development application case files, Comprehensive Plan, subdivision, and zoning.
•Keeps abreast of planning and community development best practices through publications, seminars/workshops, conferences and professional associations.
•Will be required to attend Planning Commission meetings.
•May represent the City and Planning Department on a variety of city committees.
•May assist the Planning Official in the development and implementation of department goals, objectives, policy and procedures and formulation of short-term and long-term development and improvement programs.
•May be required to attend City Council meetings as needed.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Education, Training and Certification Requirements -
• Must have a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Planning, Landscape Architecture, Architecture or related field with one (1) year of experience in urban planning. A Master's Degree would substitute for one (1) year of experience.
• A Master’s Degree with five (5) years of experience in planning or community development in a municipality, preferred.
• Project Management experience, preferred.
• Proficiency in the use of Adobe Creative Suite, Community Viz and SketchUp, preferred.
• Must possess a valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record per the City’s drivers Use of Vehicles for City Business policy throughout employment with the City.
Minimum Qualifications / Requirements -
•Ability to protect and maintain confidentiality of information.
•Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines with effective results.
•Ability to read, write, and understand the English language with proper spelling and grammar to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
•Ability to work independently, as part of a team and with the public.
•Ability to make rational decisions efficiently during variable and sometime stressful conditions, including the ability to calmly interact with the public and other City personnel.
•Ability to use safe work practices while on the job.
•Knowledge of the basic principles and practices of urban and regional planning.
•Knowledge of applicable state statues and local ordinances, codes, and regulations pertaining to planning, zoning and code enforcement.
•Ability to use and understand map reading, legal descriptions, topography, and other features of technical plans and plats.
•Ability to use and understand the City’s Development Ordinance.
•Ability to use and understand project management.
•Ability to use and understand the City’s permit tracking software system.
•Ability to use and understand Adobe Create Suite, Community Viz, and Sketchup.
•Ability to use and understand ArcGIS 10.3 software.
•Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite including Word and Excel.
•Standard office procedures, systems, and practices including the use of a computer.
The position requires attendance at Planning Commission meetings held after 5:00 p.m. at least twice a month, and may include some evening meetings to provide staff support to other committees.