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City of Shakopee
Shakopee, MN
United States
Experience Level: 
Entry Level
AICP Certification: 
$64,214 - $80,278


Professional position requiring an understanding of basic planning and zoning concepts, principles, and techniques including comprehensive planning, sign codes, landscaping and tree preservation land subdivision and development and zoning administration.   Includes significant customer service work with the public as well as administrative tasks related to the tracking and processing of planning projects.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provides zoning and land use information and explains its application to specific circumstances to members of the public and other City employees in person, over the phone and via email or written letter.
  • Coordinates, tracks and carries out a variety of administrative tasks related to developer's agreements, departmental escrow accounts, and securities.  Coordinates with staff from various City departments to ensure all necessary documentation and follow-through are completed in a timely manner.
  • Reviews building permit applications for compliance with the City's zoning regulations using electronic review software.
  • Reviews sign applications for compliance with applicable City Code requirements.
  • Reviews landscaping plans and tree removal permits for compliance with applicable City Code
  • Reviews applications for variances, conditional use permits (CUPs), land use and zoning proposals to determine conformance with the City's Comprehensive Plan and City ordinances.  Prepares and presents reports to the City's Board of Adjustment Appeals/Planning Commission related to such applications.
  • Conducts field surveys and on-site inspections as necessary to determine compliance with variances, CUP conditions, and the City's sign ordinance.
  • Prepares statistical tabulations, computations, charts, graphs, and maps to illustrate plans and studies in areas such as population, housing, neighborhood planning, transportation, and land use.
  • Prepares and maintains land use, zoning, and other planning-related maps using ARC View or other similar GIS applications.
  • Prepares legal notices for publication and prepares and sends mailings to surrounding properties for cases.
  • Serves as the Minnesota GreenSteps coordinator for the city.
  • Performs other related duties as apparent or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in Planning or Landscape Architecture or related field, plus two years of experience in a similar or related position and a valid driver's license. 
Desirable Qualifications

  • Municipal planning experience with a city of similar size and type of development.
  • Master's degree in Planning and ability to obtain AICP certification within three years of employment. 
  • Fluency in a second language, in addition to English, that has a recognized presence in the community (Spanish, Russian, Hmong, etc.).
Published on:
February 6, 2020 - 10:56am
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