Learn today, plan for tomorrow.
Sign up for news and offers from Planetizen Courses, the online learning platform for planners.
The City of Topeka (population 127,000) anticipates the need for a genuinely committed planner to join the Planning and Development Department.
This position is in the Department’s Planning Division and is responsible for implementation of the City’s long range plans, and administration of the City’s zoning and subdivision regulations. The person in this position: 1) responds to inquiries from citizens, public offices, developers, and other interested parties concerning zoning and subdivision regulations, policies, and procedures; 2) reviews and approves building and sign permits for compliance with zoning, sign, and subdivision regulations; and 3) conducts research, prepares maps and other illustrative material. Additionally, the person in this position may be assigned to review development proposals and provide recommendations, typically in the form of written reports, on matters of zoning, subdivision, vacations of right-of-way, and site development. The person in the position may be called on to assist with updates to zoning and subdivision regulations, and to present reports and recommendations to the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals.
We expect the successful candidate will build upon many of the Division’s recent accomplishments which include our award-winning Land Use and Growth Management Plan 2040, Bikeways and Pedestrian Master Plans, Complete Street Guidelines, Neighborhood Conservation Districts, Non-Residential Building Design Standards, and the comprehensive update to Topeka’s sign code.
Topeka is the Capital of the State of Kansas, and is rich with history, diverse neighborhoods, and economic momentum including a major public/private partnership for the revitalization of Topeka’s historic Downtown.
The position will be filled as a Planner I or II, depending on qualifications. Minimum qualifications: A Bachelor’s Degree, with major course work in Urban Planning or a related field; a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning is preferred. Planner II will require two years of experience in Community and Regional Planning.
Entry rate of pay: $20.91 to $25.74 per hour depending on qualifications.
The City of Topeka offers a comprehensive benefits package, including
The City of Topeka is an Equal Opportunity Employer