Senior Planner (Current Planning)
Sustainable Development and Construction-Current Planning: Primary responsibilities include reviewing and processing zoning applications including site visits; research; providing information on the application to the public via email, phone, or in meetings; formulating a preliminary staff recommendation; presenting the case at staff review meeting; creating the property owner notification and case report for City Plan Commission (CPC) and City Council; presenting the case at the CPC briefing and public hearing; communicating with other departments and outside agencies. Other duties include assisting with general zoning inquiries and the intake of zoning applications. Individuals should have a basic knowledge of the development process and some knowledge of geographic information systems and must have the ability to do research in an orderly and timely manner, have the ability to analyze data, abstract problems and issues, and have the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with a wide variety of people.
Functions as a project manager or project specialist to develop comprehensive city plans affecting land use, landmark designations, physical facilities, zoning, and/or transportation issues.
1. Designs, coordinates, and conducts land use, urban design or transportation studies; reviews, prepares and presents design proposals for community development and renewal.
2. Applies statistical and planning/design theory, collects data, interprets public policy, and maintains or accesses diverse databases to identify and recommend appropriate urban planning and development actions.
3. Confers with the public, local authorities (e.g., boards, commissions) and city council members to discuss and recommend preliminary planning and design measures; responds to requests for information from citizens, board and commission members, and other City staff.
4. Manages and coordinates projects between various departments and divisions to ensure timely and correct responses.
5. Makes presentations to the public and local authorities on recommendations for changes to zoning ordinances and other plans.
Performs Depending on Location:
1. Reviews and analyzes zoning applications for accuracy, completeness, and compliance with city ordinances; makes recommendations for approval or denial of applications.
2. Coordinates/reviews the work of consulting professionals.
3. Prepares hearing notices, dockets, and other materials for the City Plan Commission in order to provide complete and accurate information for public hearings.
Working Conditions & Hazards:
- Majority of work is performed under normal office conditions.
- Field trips are conducted as necessary and may involve working in potentially hazardous areas.
- Master's degree in planning, engineering, architecture, economics, political science, historic preservation or public administration field.
- Two (2) years of professional level urban planning experience.
- A bachelor's degree in a specified field plus four (4) years of the required experience will meet the education and experience requirements.
LICENSE and/or CERTIFICATION(S):
- Valid driver's license with good driving record.
- American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification is a plus.