Assistant Planning and Zoning Director

City of Covington

Covington, LA

Experience Level: Mid-Level

AICP Certification: AICP Preferred

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 Assistant Planning and Zoning Director

Position #:                        370

Work Location:                Administration Department

Reports To:                       Planning and Zoning Director

Rate of Pay:                      $60,000 - $65,000/year

Full Time, Exempt position.

City Conformance Statement:

In the performance of the below respective tasks and duties all employees are expected to conform to the following:

  • Perform quality work within deadlines with or without direct supervision
  • Interact professionally with other employees, customers and suppliers
  • Work effectively as a team contributor on all assignments
  • Work independently while understanding the necessity for communicating and coordinating work efforts with other employees and customers.

General Job Description:

The Assistant Planning and Zoning Director operates under the direct supervision of the Planning and Zoning Director.  This position helps to oversee specific programs and projects under the City Administration, namely requiring knowledge within the areas of comprehensive planning, as well as historic preservation.  

**It is expected that this employee will be trained and promoted to Director of Planning and Zoning in 2022, and this Assistant Director position will be dissolved**

Essential Functions:

  • Assists the Planning and Zoning Director, the public, City staff, developers, and other professionals in functions that involve land use processes
  • Ability to advise applicants, elected officials, and all concerned individuals on zoning change amendment process, permitted usage and regulations as it pertains to each individual zoning district
  • Reviews applications and submittals, and provides plan review for development and land use permits, Occupational License permits, conditional use permits, variants, annexations, and rezoning, including field evaluations and assessments, and street and alley revocation process
  • Reviews all building permits for compliance with land use ordinances and other regulations
  • Coordinates advertisement and preparation of zoning changes, conditional use permits, plan review reports, and provides recommendations to all Boards and Commissions at monthly meetings
  • Organizes and coordinates all pre-application meetings with applicants, Planning and Zoning staff, and other departments to ensure compliance of developments, adhering to City regulations
  • Coordinates with other departments and the public on plan modifications
  • Attends, maintains schedules, and prepares research for various board and commission meetings, including Planning and Zoning, Historic Preservation District, and other meetings as needed.
  • Assists with administration of Historic Preservation District regulations, including review and evaluation of Certificates of Appropriateness and ability to explain the COA process to the public.
  • Oversees the USDA grant program and the low interest loan program.

Qualifications:

  • A requirement is a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Architecture, Urban Geography, Public Administration or similar field of study
  • A minimum of three (3) years of related professional work experience
  • Must possess significant project planning and development review experience
  • Certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is preferred
  • Some knowledge of GIS processes preferred
  • Some knowledge of My Permits Now (MPN) software preferred
  • Training in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) preferred
  • Good organizational skills as well as verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to positively interact with public
  • Ability to work independently with little direction

Minimum Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Working knowledge of the principles and practices of planning and zoning and land use regulations
  • Ability to review plans and apply provisions of the ordinances and codes to ensure compliance
  • Knowledge of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties
  • Knowledgeable in research and statistical methodology
  • Knowledge of census and economic data
  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Internet applications
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects with superb accuracy
  • Strong sense of urgency and problem solving skills
  • Detail-oriented with good analytical skills
  • Skill in operating standard office machines, including but not limited to, personal computer, Xerox machines, fax machine, etc.
  • Ability to learn the applicable laws, ordinances, and department rules and regulations
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Ability to manage time efficiently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to communicate effectively with employees interdepartmentally
  • Ability to read and interpret documents

Physical Requirements (with or without accommodation):

  • Operate office equipment (computer, copier, fax machine, etc.)
  • Ability to sit, talk and hear for a large majority of the working day
  • Must be able to lift/move/carry approximately 25 pounds if required to perform the essential job function. If the employee is unable to lift/move/carry this weight and be accommodated without causing the department an “undue hardship” then the employee must be accommodated; therefore omitting lifting/moving/carrying as a physical requirement
  • Primary job functions are not limited to an office environment and will require some outdoor work, including walking on uneven pavement, crossing ditches, walking through muddy terrain, etc.

This job description does not necessarily cover every task or duty that might be assigned. Employees may be assigned additional responsibilities as necessary.

To apply for this position, please complete an application of employment referencing Position #370 and email it to [email protected], along with your resume.  Or it can be faxed to 985-635-0006.

Posted September 10, 2021, 11:17 AM PDT


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