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City Planner

City of Lakeland
Lakeland, TN
United States
Experience Level: 
Entry Level
AICP Certification: 
Not required

General Summary of Overall Responsibilities

The City Planner works under the general direction and supervision of the Planning Director and assists in planning, organizing, and executing all activities related to City’s overall planning and land development functions. Advises and makes recommendations to City Boards, Commissions, and departments on issues related to planning and land development, including implementation and enforcement of regulations and ordinances. Consults with developers and other citizens to ensure that projects are planned and/or implemented in accordance with City requirements. Provides input on strategic direction in short and long-range planning and growth management.

Listing of Individual Duties and Responsibilities

Essential duties and responsibilities include those listed below and may be supplemented, as necessary. Reasonable accommodations may be made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Other duties may also be assigned, as indicated below.

  1. Performs professional planning functions under the general guidance of the Planning Director and assists in preparing meeting schedules and agendas; analyzes, processes, and formulates staff reports and recommendations for development applications, Plans.
  2.  Advises and makes recommendations to City boards, commissions, and departments on issues related to planning and land development, including interpretation, revision, implementation, and enforcement of regulations and ordinances and the creation and implementation of development and growth plans (e.g. the Comprehensive Plan).
  3. Provides research and interprets and enforces approved Sign Ordinance, Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Regulations, Design Guidelines, the Comprehensive Plan, and related regulations, plans, and policies.
  4. Interprets and enforces regulations and ordinances, including Municipal Code, Zoning Ordinance, the Comprehensive Plan, and Subdivision Regulations.
  5. Provides strategic direction in short and long-range planning and growth    management.
  6. Researches,     prepares,     and/or     implements     technical     and    operational     studies, reports, and projects or oversees related activities performed by staff.
  7. Makes presentations to boards, commissions, volunteers, and other community groups.
  8. Provides input and feedback on the development and execution of departmental operating budget and monitors costs to maintain budget integrity.
  9. Reviews zoning approval for building permits, accessory structures, sign permits, and occasionally business licenses for various locations throughout the City for compliance with city zoning regulations; analyzes permit applications to insure compliance with existing ordinances.
  10. Provides information to GIS personnel to keep Zoning and Land Use maps up to date.  Be familiar with ArcView GIS software.
  11. Evaluates and revises tracking procedures for development projects.
  12. Stays up-to-date in planning and development fields and attends seminars, workshops, and meetings to maintain professional certification.
  13. Minimum Knowledge and Training Required

Bachelor’s Degree in Planning or a related field plus two (2) years of planning experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s Degree in Planning or other job-related field preferred. Valid driver’s license from state of residence. Computer skills to include: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, e-mail (Microsoft Outlook preferred), and Internet. Analytic and administrative skills. Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations. Effective communication (oral and written), interpersonal, conflict resolution, and public relations skills. Project coordination experience. Ability to make verbal presentations to a broad range of participants.

Published on:
June 4, 2021 - 5:11pm
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