Senior Planner

The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Silver Spring, MD
United States
Professional Areas: 
Transportation Planning
Experience Level: 
7-10 years
$59,480 - $89,803

Position: Senior Planner (12767, Grade 22)

The Montgomery County Planning Department seeks an experienced and motivated urban planner, landscape architect, or urban designer with an interest in transportation, to serve as a leader for preliminary plan and site plan review and provide support for transportation planning in the Area 3 planning division. This is an opportunity to help shape Montgomery County for the 21st century by having a broad impact on the built environment while advocating for design excellence and adequate mobility infrastructure.

Primary tasks include reviewing, analyzing, and making recommendations on applications for development, as well as ensuring site designs that integrate buildings, public spaces and circulation systems, recreation facilities, and landscape and lighting. Secondary tasks require knowledge of transportation planning and traffic engineering procedures, the ability to read and interpret roadway design and land use plans, and the ability to analyze traffic studies.

Successful candidates must apply knowledge of urban, architectural, and landscape design; planning standards; codes; and plans to develop alternatives to resolve planning and design problems. Successful candidates must also have strong writing skills and have, or be willing to develop, a working knowledge of intersection analysis procedures (Critical Lane Volume [CLV] and Highway Capacity Manual [HCM] intersection delay). Work entails the interpretation of development plans, master plans, codes and regulations; preparation of standard or 3D graphics; preparation of staff reports; analysis of transportation components of a development application; and public presentations. Requires effective communication, presentation, and negotiation skills. Experience with GIS, AutoCAD, and SketchUp software is preferred.


  • Consider master planning and development review functions in growing development areas.
  • Provide timely and accurate reviews of preliminary plans, site plans, project plans and sketch plans.
  • Follow established goals, schedules, and deadlines for work effort and insure that objectives are met for completion. Occasionally meet with staff to ensure progress.
  • Prepare staff reports that clearly state staff recommendations, issues, and findings, and illustrate issues graphically.
  • Under general supervision, negotiate with developers to achieve the highest quality of development.
  • Under general supervision, coordinate with applicant, citizens, agencies, and staff to resolve issues in a manner that produces appropriate, successful solutions.
  • Interpret and apply codes and regulations.
  • Conduct site visits and document important site conditions.
  • Ensure compliance with development regulations and improve development quality.
  • Coordinate development activities with representatives from other agencies.
  • Under general supervision, deliver presentations to the Planning Board and community groups.
  • Respond to public inquiries for information or assistance on future development plans and the development process.
  • Review and analyze proposed public facilities.
  • Assess transportation related impacts for regulatory projects, including adequacy of transportation circulation and network, pedestrian and vehicular safety, and compliance with the County's regulations and master plans.
  • Review transportation plans, intersection analyses, and traffic studies based on CLV and delay-based HCM models.
  • Conduct research, field observations, and analyze data to develop transportation recommendations for master plans.
  • Participate in community meetings and explain transportation issues and recommendations to the public.
  • Work with the County to draft Transportation Mitigation Agreements and monitor the performance of Transportation Mitigation Agreements already established with the County.
  • Coordinate transportation recommendations for regulatory projects and master plans with incorporated cities and county and state transportation agencies.
Published on:
January 24, 2018 - 12:47pm
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