City Planner

City of Basehor, Kansas

Basehor, KS

Experience Level: Mid-Level

AICP Certification: AICP Preferred

Salary: The salary range for this position starts at $50,154.48 with consideration of previous experience and qualifications.

The City of Basehor is hiring for a City Planner. Basehor is a growing city in the southeast corner of Leavenworth County and is uniquely positioned with great accessibility to the Greater Kansas City Metro Area. Basehor is the 2nd fastest growing city in Kansas with a population of 5,000 or more. The population in Basehor is 6,896 residents and has increased in population by 48.9% in the last 10 years. The City of Basehor issues over 100 building permits each year.

City Planner
Immediate Supervisor: City Administrator
Department: Planning and Zoning
FLSA Classification: Exempt
Status Classification: Full-time (40 hrs. per week, flexible some weekends and evenings)
Education: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in city or urban planning, landscape architecture, geography, engineering, public administration, or a related field. Master’s degree in urban planning, public administration or related field preferred. AICP is encouraged.
Out-of-Town Travel: May be required to attend out-of-town training and meetings.
Introductory Period: One year

The position of City Planner shall work under the supervision of the City Administrator. This employee will provide professional review and recommendations to the City Administrator, Mayor, City Council and Planning Commission on issues relating to current and long-range planning and land use, site plan review, zoning and development regulations. This position may provide support and input with other complex tasks such as development agreement review and assistance, capital improvement project management, etc.

Planning & Zoning
• Confirms completeness of all land use and development applications. Coordinates outside review for all submitted applications and distributes comments internally and externally. Meets with applicants as needed and assists in finding possible solutions to development issues.
• Thorough understanding of statutory requirements associated with land use regulations and the ability to interpret and apply them to projects.
• Prepares studies for land use, zoning, thoroughfare, and utility development or improvement. Confers with developers concerning proposed development. Supervises the evaluation of land use proposals for conformity to established plans and ordinances. Evaluates development proposals for impact as they relate to the adopted plans of the city and makes recommendations.
• Conducts research, recommend modifications to Planning and Development programs, policies and procedures as appropriate.
• Research, analyze and interpret social, economic and land use data and trends; prepare written reports on current and long-range planning matters.
• Prepare text amendments to existing Zoning Ordinances, Subdivision Regulations, and Development Regulations.
• Prepares staff comments and recommendations for Planning Commission, City Council, Board of Zoning Appeals and other boards and committees as necessary. Prepares and distributes all agendas for Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals. Presents applications to Planning Commission, Board of Zoning and City Council as appropriate.
• Write legal notices, ensure compliance with statutory notification to property owners, prepare and publish Notices of Public Hearing, prepare agendas and drafts minutes for Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals.
• Coordinates and participates in public outreach opportunities to raise awareness of city planning objectives.
• Stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of Planning, Zoning, and Economic and Community Development.
• Advise elected and appointed officials, developers and the general public on Planning and Development laws, codes, regulations, procedures policies and standards.
• Works collaboratively and extensively with other departments to ensure infrastructure and construction is consistent with development plans.
• Attend and participate in professional group meetings, seminars and conferences.

This position may also manage or support certain capital improvement projects related to economic development initiatives from concept to completion including, but not limited to project planning; budgeting; public meetings and engagement; easement acquisition; project coordination; and construction.

Experience: Either (a) graduation from a recognized college or university with a Bachelor's Degree and four years of experience in the field of state, county, municipal, or other governmental planning activities in either a governmental or non-governmental agency; or (b) graduation from a two year graduate program in governmental planning and two years of experience as listed in (a) above. Ability to attain AICP certification is encouraged.

Education: Minimum - Bachelor’s Degree in city of or urban planning, landscape architecture, geography, engineering, construction science, public administration or related field. Master’s Degree in planning or public administration preferred.

Technical Skills: The employee must be knowledgeable of land use and zoning practices, policies and regulations. The employee should be able to review and interpret site plans and development plans and plats. The employee must be able to apply zoning regulations, subdivision regulations, architectural design guidelines and sign regulations to various applications and materials. This employee possesses strong organizational, public relations and oral and written communication skills. The employee must be able to adapt communication style and format for the audience to which they are presenting or communicating.

The employee must have knowledge of theory, principals, practices and techniques of community development, planning, land use, and zoning skills.
Problem Solving: This employee must respond to and resolve difficult and technical inquiries, sensitive inquiries, and complaints. The employee must be able to remain calm in stressful situations.

Decision Making: Independent decision-making is essential in this position.

Personal Relations: This employee has daily contact with the general public, co-workers, and applicants. This employee provides presentations to the Planning Commission, City Council, and when necessary, the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Working Conditions: Work is performed in a normal office environment with little exposure to outdoor temperatures or dirt and dust, with the exception of site visits. Working conditions are typically moderately quiet. The employee is occasionally required to carry, lift, move or push up to 25 pounds. This job may require occasional bending, squatting and twisting. This job includes frequent use of manual dexterity and visualization of a computer screen throughout the day. This job requires attendance at evening meetings which include regular and special meetings of the Planning Commission, City Council, Board of Zoning Appeals, and delegated advisory boards, committees, and community groups. Conditions have the possibility of becoming adverse when dealing with citizen complaints and enforcement. Attendance at overnight seminars and conferences may also be required.

Physical Requirements: Physical activity associated with working in an office setting, on a job site, (i.e., walking, bending, climbing ladders and walking cat walks on roofs), is required to perform the daily duties of this position.

Salary: The salary range for this position starts at $50,154.48 with consideration of previous experience and qualifications. The City of Basehor offers a generous benefits package including retirement contributions, Medical, Dental, Vision, and paid time off (PTO).

How to Apply: Submit by email to Maddie Waldeck, Project Manager/Assistant City Administrator, at [email protected] cover letter, resume, and 5 professional references. This position will remain open until the position is filled.

Posted September 15, 2021, 3:11 PM PDT

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