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Land Use Planner - Development Review (Associate or Senior Planner)

City of Columbus - Bartholomew County, Indiana Planning Department
Columbus, IN
United States
Professional Areas: 
Land-Use Management
Zoning Administration
$43,305-$56,631 (Associate Planner) / $56,631-$67,957 (Senior Planner)

Application Deadline: June 21, 2021 - Interviews to begin Immediately
Apply Online at http://JOBS.COLUMBUS.IN.GOV


The City of Columbus - Bartholomew County, Indiana Planning Department provides land use and transportation planning policy guidance as well as development review services for both the City of Columbus and Bartholomew County.  Our award-winning department is consistently recognized as a best practice leader in the state, with six recognitions since 2010.  We are currently accepting applications for a full-time Land Use Planner primarily tasked with development review. This position may be filled at either the Associate Planner or Senior Planner classification and salary range, based on education and experience.  The Associate Planner salary range is $43,305-$56,631 and the Senior Planner salary range is $56,631-$67,957.  

Columbus, Indiana, population 50,000, is a regional center for financial services, health care, employment, entertainment, and shopping.  The community is recognized nationally for its architectural design quality, vibrant downtown, quality parks and recreation amenities, and overall high quality of life.  For more information about our community visit our visitor center website at and our City government website at

This position is primarily responsible for the processing, review, and documentation of development review applications filed with the Planning Department by the public, land surveyors, developers, etc.  This includes (1) site plans, sign applications, and other similar administrative approvals; (2) variances, conditional uses, and other similar requests to be considered by the Board of Zoning Appeals; and (3) rezonings, annexations, site development plans, and other similar requests to be considered by the Plan Commission. The position may also provide problem solving, creative thinking, research skills, and/or management for a variety of land use planning studies and special projects.  This may include participating on special project teams, researching and documenting planning-related topics, and serving as a Planning Department liaison to one or more community groups. 

An Associate Planner in this role would be expected to complete the typical duties with a moderate amount of supervision and to contribute to Planning Department special projects primarily in supporting roles. 

A Senior Planner in this role would be expected to complete tasks with a comparatively greater level of independence, manage especially complex or multi-step approval processes, and have greater participation in and/or management of special projects initiated by the Planning Department.

Typical Duties:

  1. Processing, review, and documentation of site plan and sign-related applications and proposals.
  2. Processing, review, and documentation of rezoning, subdivision, annexation, conditional use, variance, and other similar applications.
  3. Analysis of development proposals in comparison with the applicable Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Control Ordinance, and other appropriate standards.
  4. Preparation and presentation of staff reports and recommendations regarding applications being considered by a Board of Zoning Appeals, Plan Commission, or other similar body.
  5. Discussion and communication of development requirements and application details with the public, developers, land surveyors, and others.
  6. Coordination and preparation of all necessary public notices for assigned development review applications.
  7. Participation in regular project scheduling meetings and coordination of assignments with other related Department projects and development review applications.
  8. Conducting of site visits and other investigations as necessary to document conditions affecting development review applications.
  9. Maintenance of all case files regarding assigned development review applications.
  10. Coordination and communication of information, regulations, and issues related to signs, landscaping, site plan review, variances, and other development-related procedures and requirements.
  11. Research, preparation, and presentation of studies and reports on a variety of land use planning topics and issues as assigned.
  12. Participation on special project teams and completion of studies and special projects as assigned.
  13. Representation of the City, County, and/or Planning Department as a liaison to one or more community groups.
  14. Identification of, and participation in periodic training and educational events designed to advance local understanding of planning issues.
  15. Driving at times in a City vehicle to various locations on behalf of the Planning Department and to work-related events.
  16. Other duties, as assigned.  This description is intended to provide a general overview of typical duties, as well as the complexity of the work to be performed by this staff member.  It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities or specific tasks and other duties are typically assigned dependent upon the needs of the office.

The Land Use Planner shall possess a bachelor’s degree in urban planning, geography, landscape architecture, public policy, or a related field of study.  Working knowledge of word-processing, graphic design, mapping, and publishing computer software is recommended. The Land Use Planner shall also demonstrate a working knowledge of planning concepts and issues, and display a general knowledge of local government operations.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills are also required.

Qualifications for serving in this role as a Senior Planner would also include a minimum of 1 year of comparable work experience. AICP certification is also recommended for a Senior Planner in this position.

Further Qualifications: Due to the required use of a City vehicle, this employee must also have a valid Indiana Driver’s License or the ability to obtain one upon being hired, and must have a driving record acceptable to the City’s insurance carrier.  The Driver’s License and insurability must be maintained at all times during employment by the City of Columbus. The use of a City vehicle makes this a safety-sensitive position and subject to pre-employment drug/alcohol screen as well as a drug/alcohol screen for cause (accidents) and randomly.  Successful applicant must reside within Bartholomew County or an adjoining county within six months of employment.

FLSA:  Full-Time; Salary; Exempt; Safety Sensitive
An Equal Opportunity Employer:  M/F/D/V
Please contact us if you need accommodation or require assistance applying online.

Questions may be directed to Jeff Bergman at [email protected] or 812.376.2550.

Published on:
May 28, 2021 - 9:22am
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