Planning Technician

Charles County Government
La Plata, MD
United States
$48,116.00 - $62,766.00 Annually
Closing Date/Time
Mon. 05/07/18 11:59 PM Eastern Time


Performs technical plan review work, conducts research on specific planning issues, and compiles information and data in support of planning projects. The work involves examining site development plans and proposals for conformance to the zoning requirements, assisting in the development of staff reports, coordinating mailings and meeting arrangements, compiling and maintaining mailing lists, responding to citizen requests for information, and serving as clerk to the Board of Appeals and/or Planning Commission. The worker carries out assignments, follows through on matters, and uses independent judgment and training to take appropriate actions to deal with standard recurring situations.

Essential Job Functions

  • Performs technical plan review work on commercial and residential Building Permits, Zoning Permits, and Commercial Site Development Plans for compliance of the Charles County Zoning Ordinance.  Develops and sends status letter if application does not meet established policies and procedures.  Includes coordinating technical review committee meetings and follow ups.
  • Responds to specific public requests inquiries. Explains the review process, applicable requirements, and advises on review procedures and processes. Provides information to the public regarding the procedures of Site Development, Home Occupation Permits, and Public Event Permits.
  • Updates site development review, home occupation, sign permit, and zoning permits processing policies and procedures manual, as necessary.
  • Prepares data and statistical reports. Researches and compiles background data for planning studies and maintains current project files.  
  • Ensures document compliance with various grant program requirements. Compiles, completes, or assists with the completion of budget and project reports according to agency reporting standards for grant reimbursement projects.  Manages the tracking and reporting of staff hours used as in-kind match for various grants by coordinating with staff, tracking and producing data, and submitting reports to the fiscal department.
  • Is responsible for the administration of State Clearinghouse Review; point of contact between State and various County government agencies on project review.
  • Assists in development of findings and staff reports for projects presented to various boards, committees and citizen groups. 
  • Compiles and reports data for inclusion in the Planning Commission annual reports and the annual Board of Education facilities master plan.   
  • Serves as clerk to the Board of Appeals and/or Planning Commission. Responsible for preparing agendas, coordinating Public Notices, recording the proceedings, preparing and distributing minutes, and managing the day to day operation of assigned board or commission. 
  • Meets regularly with staff to discuss agenda items and assists with disseminating information on the actions/decisions made by the Board of Appeals or Planning Commission. Provides tracking spreadsheets to Program Manager to facilitate timely follow through on assigned tasks. 

Other Duties

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (These are pre-employment KSAs that apply only to Essential Job Functions.)

Knowledge of --

  • An understanding of land use planning studies, policies, codes and site plans.     
  • Demonstrated knowledge in a specific program area.
  • Customer service skills and working with difficult people.

Ability to—

  • Review plans and/or proposals for conformance to the pertinent codes and planning studies.
  • Coordinate projects with other staff divisions, departments and agencies.
  • Maintain files and records.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.  
  • Compile data and prepare reports.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others encountered in the work.  

Required Qualifications (Note: Any acceptable combination of education, training and experience that provides the above knowledge, abilities and skills may be substituted. on a full-time year for year basis.)

Training and/or Education:

AA Degree or equivalent experience.


One year of experience in a planning or a development agency, non-profit corporation or a related field.

Licenses or Certificates:

Valid driver's license.

Special Requirements:

 Ability to read/interpret maps, site plans and planning documents.

Physical Demands:

The work is mostly sedentary with periods of light physical activity, and is performed in office surroundings.  Typical positions require workers to walk or stand for long periods; lift and carry up to 20 pounds; climb stairs, bend, reach, hold, grasp and turn objects; and use fingers to operate computer or typewriter keyboards.  The work requires the ability to speak normally and to use normal or aided vision and hearing. Attendance at some evening meetings is required.

Unusual Demands:

Work is subject to frequent interruptions. Required to work outside of normal hours of operation, including evening hours. 

FLSA Status:


Reports to:

Planner IV



Revised 12/17

Grade 11

Published on:
May 16, 2018 - 7:52am
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