Planning and Development Department
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: Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with major course work in Urban Planning or a related field and a Masters Degree in Urban Planning. Four years of experience in municipal planning may be substituted for the Masters Degree requirement. In addition to the Master's degree, the 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
- Health/Dental Insurance
- Kansas Public Employee Retirement System which totals over 315,000 active, inactive and retired members and manages approximately $20 billion in assets for KPERS members' benefits.
- Generous paid vacation leave and separate paid sick leave and two additional paid personal leave day each year along with the ability to earn up to three additional days for perfect attendance.
- Paid Life/Long Term Disability Insurance
- (457) Deferred Comp Savings Plan
- Short-Term Disability Insurance
- Free Onsite Health & Wellness Clinic
- Free in-house Wellness Center, a full service fitness facility
- Free Parking
- Employee Assistance Program
The City of Topeka is an Equal Opportunity Employer