General Statement of Duties
Performs complex administrative and supervisory work in developing, coordinating, approving, and executing policies and methods for the Development Services Department for the Town.
Distinguishing Features of the Class
An employee in this class plans, organizes and reviews the planning activities including current and long range planning programs involving physical, economic and social future of the Town. Duties include serving as staff and consulting with Town Manager, Town Council, boards and committees on development issues in the Town including zoning, economic development, community appearance, and related issues. Work includes developing and administering land use studies, enforcing the Town's zoning ordinance, enforcing Minimum Housing and nuisance ordinances, and also involves professional planner responsibilities in the formation, installation, modification and improvement of the Town's growth and development. Work involves coordination with a variety of other local and state jurisdictions and agencies and considerable knowledge of the planning field and local ordinances, and extensive public contact skills. Work is performed in an office environment under the general supervision of the Development Services Director and is evaluated through conferences, reports, and progress on planning issues and projects.
Duties and Responsibilities
Essential Duties and Tasks
- Performs the development and administration of zoning ordinances and assists the Planning Board and Town Council in developing a comprehensive zoning and land use plans; prepares and present oral and written reports, including special maps, charts, and graphics, to assist officials in determinations; serves as staff to the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment; drafts text amendments.
- Administers subdivision ordinances; receives preliminary maps from developers before improvements are made and submits to Planning Board and Town Council for approval; advises attorney, surveyors, developers, real estate agents, appraisers, and citizens on site information and application review process; chairs the staff technical review committee.
- Revises or manages contracts to revise the long-range land use, transportation, environmental and other plans and presents to Planning Board and Town Council for approval; manages projects including coordinating consultants and writing reports; tracks state and federal regulatory requirements, trends, and opportunities related to development and environment; preserves goals on land use plan by designing zoning, subdivision, and other planning ordinances to implement provisions of the plan.
- Participates in the development and maintenance of a GIS system; prepares various overlays for use in mapping and data analysis for the Town.
- Administers the zoning code, land development code, and related Town programs.
- Performs zoning inspections and code enforcement; enforces debris, overgrown lots, sign, parking, minimum housing and street end access ordinances and codes; performs field inspections before, during and after construction; works with violators to identify appropriate mitigation efforts; issues citations and follows up with compliance actions.
- Issues sign and zoning permits.
- Performs plan review for zoning code compliance such as set backs, tree and vegetation compliance.
- Responds to various questions from citizens regarding planning and zoning compliance issues; facilitates and mediates public disputes regarding land use policies.
- Represents the Town on various local and regional committees and commissions.
Additional Job Duties
- Performs related duties as required to meet the ongoing needs of the Town.
Recruitment and Selection Guidelines
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of local and regional planning including current and long range, natural resources, population, downtown development, transportation and corridor development, and other economic and social matters.
- Thorough knowledge of Town, municipal, state, and federal laws pertaining to land use planning and development.
- Considerable knowledge of the application of information technology to the work of the department including knowledge and skill in the use of ArcGIS.
- Considerable knowledge of computer applications related to planning, data base and statistical analysis, compiling reports and developing presentation material.
- Skill in facilitation and collaborative conflict resolution.
- Skill in working with committees, tasks forces, and other groups and in public presentation.
- Ability to organize work, set and follow effective priorities, and coordinate work with others to obtain desired outcomes.
- Ability to write and present professional and technical planning reports and papers.
- Ability to execute a comprehensive planning program.
- Ability to prioritize, manage and organize a variety of planning activities.
- Ability to devise effective office operations and procedures.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Town officials, developers and the general public.
Work is performed within an office environment, primarily behind a desk, and frequently includes the operation of a computer. The employee must read and write, and interact with others in person, over the phone, and via other devices. The employee may move about within the facility to access file cabinets, documents, office machinery, and other equipment. Travel is often required to outside job sites in order to perform the duties described above, as well as to attend meetings, trainings, events, and other business activities. Persons in this position frequently lift, carry, push and/or pull objects weighing up to 10 lbs. They also occasionally move objects weighing up to 20 lbs., and sometimes, but rarely, up to 50 lbs. Additionally, work may require bending, climbing, carrying, crawling, kneeling, reaching, or stooping
Desirable Education and Experience
Graduation from a four year college or university with a major in planning, geography, landscape architecture or related field and 2-4 years of experience in municipal, county or regional planning; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Possession of a valid North Carolina driver's license.
Certification as a Certified Zoning Official (Preferred)
Oak Island 2021