Zoning Specialist I-II

Blaine County

Hailey, ID

Experience Level: Mid-Level

Salary: $24.63-$30.00/hr Plus full benefits

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Land Use and Building Services Mission Statement:

Professional Process; Premier Product. 

General Statement of Duties:

Processes a variety of zoning regulation-related applications through the public hearing and decision process before the Blaine County Board of County Commissioners (the Board), Planning and Zoning Commission (the Commission), and Hearing Examiner (the Examiner).  Provides development regulation focused on zoning information to the public.  Reviews new development for compliance with zoning requirements.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Responds to and serves the public with outstanding customer service skills.
  • Serves as the subject matter expert for interpreting and explaining zoning and subdivision ordinances, zoning district boundary lines, Comprehensive Plan and Local Land Use Planning Act to the general public, real estate agents, developers, landowners, other county personnel, and appointed and elected officials.
  • Maintains consistency in the application of zoning and other regulations.
  • Assists the public with understanding and completing zoning and subdivision applications, including but not limited to variances, conditional use permits, Mountain Overlay site alteration permits, plat amendments, rezones, and stream alteration permits.
  • Identifies and addresses potential issues or changes related to land use, the public interests, and community’s needs and desires; advises the public, the Commission and the Board and attends public meetings on issues related to land use matters.
  • Coordinates and schedules meetings and public hearings for the Board, the Commission, and the Examiner.
  • Evaluates and determines administrative applications, including but not limited to, Mountain Overlay and Scenic Highway Overlay categorical exclusions.
  • Prepares and assures legally adequate notice for public hearings.
  • Conducts on-site inspections, evaluates applications, and prepares staff reports for applications to be decided by the Board and the Commission and Hearing Examiner.  Prepares findings of facts on decisions by the Board and the Commission.
  • Reviews and monitors completed projects/permits for compliance with zoning regulations and conditions of approval which may include monitoring financial securities posted by an applicant to ensure completion of all aspects of projects months or years later.
  • Prepares official record for appeals of county land use, zoning applications and administrative determinations.
  • Serves as primary point of contact to conduct pre-building permit applications prior to issuance of building permits by the department for compliance with zoning regulations, subdivision plat notes, development agreements, and other applicable regulations.
  • Recommends changes for updates and revisions to zoning regulations and maps.
  • Conducts necessary research of previous deeds and other history related to property for responses to requests for parcel determinations.
  • Maintains up-to-date zoning maps by providing current information to GIS and other personnel responsible for mapping.
  • Creates video, digital photo record, or other visual aids related to meetings, on-site inspections, and other events as needed.
  • Works independently as a staff member for ad hoc committees, task forces, or other work assignments, as instructed by the Director and Deputy Director.
  • Coordinates with the Code Compliance Specialist and other staff in investigating potential zoning and other violations of development regulations and on conditions of approval attached to development and subdivision plans.
  • Attends conferences, workshops, and other educational sessions to keep abreast of new trends in the planning and zoning field.
  • Performs additional tasks as assigned by Land Use and Building Services Director and Deputy Director.

Education and Work Experience:

Zoning Specialist I-

  • Associate’s Degree in Planning or a related field with 2 years of experience; or
  • Any equivalent combination of education, experience and training which demonstrates the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work of a Zoning Specialist I.

Zoning Specialist II-

  • Associate’s Degree in Planning or a related field required; and
  • At least six (6) years’ experience in a planning related field; or
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Planning or a related field preferred; and
  • At least two (2) years’ experience in a planning-related field; or
  • Any equivalent combination of education, experience and training which demonstrates the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work of a Zoning Specialist II.

Posted November 16, 2021, 11:47 AM PST


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