Under general supervision, performs professional work in the field of current and/or comprehensive planning; manages the processing of proposed development; and provides information and assistance to developers, the business community and the public on planning, housing, environmental and development related matters.
Work is of a responsible and sometimes confidential nature requiring the exercise of some independent judgment and action. Employee does not have supervisory responsibility over subordinate personnel. Responsible for prompt and accurate response to planning and zoning questions.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Acts as a liaison between property owners, development professionals, interdepartmental staff and decision bodies by providing information and recommendations regarding comprehensive plans, the land development code and other ordinance requirements, and their application to specific developmental proposals.
- Develops planning studies and reports in support of new and updated plans, programs and regulations
- Reviews or assists in the review of moderately difficult development proposals and site plans for conformance with codes, plans and regulations
- Prepares and delivers oral, written and graphic reports and makes recommendations on zoning and developmental applications.
- Collects a variety of statistical data and prepares 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’s, ordinance amendments, site plans, special use permits, variances and other proposals
- Coordinates community review of public and private development projects
- Provides information to the public regarding development regulations
- Assists in resolving citizen and customer issues
- Participates in coordinating zoning and development application review with other agencies and staff, as well as providing assistance, support and guidance to other planning and development team members.
- Conducts field evaluations and assessments
- Attends substantial number of evening and weekend meetings
- Performs other related duties as assigned or requested
Education, Certification and Experience Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in planning, public administration, or a related field and a minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in planning, including plan review or planning and zoning administration, or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Master’s degree preferred. AICP certification preferred. Requires the possession of a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of planning
- Knowledge of a relevant specialization such as transportation, land use or affordable housing is desired
- Knowledge of principles and practices of research and data collection
- Knowledge of effective writing techniques
- Statistical, algebraic, or geometric knowledge and ability to apply such knowledge in practical situations
- Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, which may include Microsoft Office, Adobe InDesign, internet applications and GIS
- Oral communication and interpersonal skills to explain rules and procedures clearly to the public in a convivial and helpful manner
- 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 effective and attractive PowerPoint and graphic presentations
- Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously
- Ability to set and meet deadlines and schedules
- Ability to work independently or in a team environment as needed
- Ability to attend to details while keeping big-picture goals in mind