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Board of Zoning Appeals Coordinator

Arlington County Government
Arlington, VA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Land-Use Management
Zoning Administration
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
Not required
$87,339.20 - $133,390.40 (Annually)

The Arlington County Community Planning, Housing and Development (CPHD) Department is seeking a motivated and progressive Principal Planner to join our Policy, Research, and Information Management (PRIM) section, within the Zoning Division as the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) Coordinator to manage all aspects of the BZA Program and supervise two Associate Planners that support the program. The PRIM section is responsible for providing oversight and execution of operations for the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA), records management of land use decisions, administration of zoning map corrections, and responding to written inquiries on behalf of the Zoning Administrator.

Specific Duties: 

  • Providing staff support to the Board of Zoning Appeals which includes preparing, analyzing, and drafting BZA monthly public notices, staff reports, photos, PowerPoint presentations, meeting minutes, and disposition letters;  
  • Providing technical assistance and information to citizens, staff, and the development community;
  • Training staff in the analysis of Use Permit and Variance requests and reviewing staff reports for technical accuracy and consistency of approach;
  • Evaluating property conditions pursuant to the State Code and ACZO, and drafting findings the BZA must make in granting a Use Permit or Variance;  
  • Remaining knowledgeable of legislation that may affect the BZA, advising property owners and staff on requests and recommending alternative solutions to applicants when appropriate;
  • Maintaining the BZA website and its content, including regular updates for each public hearing;
  • Analyzing trends in applications to determine whether changes to the Zoning Ordinance should be considered; and
  • Performing other duties as assigned.





  • Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or related field; 
  • Three (3) years of progressive experience in urban or community planning specifically in zoning, land use development and/or urban design.  

Substitution:  Additional education may be substituted for experience.  
Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with a Master’s Degree in a related field and experience in one or more of the following:

  •  Reviewing development proposals and applying adopted land use policies and ordinances;
  • Working with, creating, and modifying GIS data; 
  • Knowledge of land use law related to Zoning; 
  • Preparing and conducting presentations in a public setting; and
  • Providing substantive support to BZA, Planning Commission or other advisory groups.
Published on:
June 9, 2021 - 9:55am
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