Community Development Planner
THE POSITION: Under general supervision of the Director of Planning and Community Development, provides technical planning support to ensure that long range planning and development policies of the City are satisfactorily met. Conducts useful and accurate research, review, analysis and coordination of development related requests and undertaking long range planning studies. This position fosters overall improvement of the community by effectively administering the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and various City housing programs. The incumbent will be regularly required to attend evening meetings and occasional participation in special events at night and on weekends. This position is salaried and not eligible for overtime.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Assist in current Planning activities as assigned including but not limited to zoning, Master Planning, variances, subdivisions, development policies, preparing reports and conducting special studies.
Explain regulations, programs and plans to citizens, developers, engineers, commissions, boards, and the general public. Prepare, commit to and implement a structured, self directed program of continuing education that leads to certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners, fulfill other professional education obligations as the Director may require, and subscribe to the AICP code of ethics. Prepare accurate staff reports and other case materials for submission to the Housing Commission, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and City Council.
Apply for, administer and ensure compliance with federal grant programs, including Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). Coordinate project performance with all CDBG sub-recipients to ensure timely spending of funds and prepare necessary reports and information required by funding agencies. Maintain all grant records and submit reports as required. Develop strategies for seeking other funding sources and leveraging existing funding. Conduct environmental assessments on CDBG projects. Develop, administer and maintain current community development plans and annual action plans consistent with CDBG funding requirements. Prepare the annual CDBG budget for City Council approval. Provide information and documentation for independent audit of the CDBG program
Prepare property maps, zoning maps and sketches in ArcGIS and planning related software.
Maintain and update official City maps, including zoning, annexation and similar maps.
Use U.S. Census data analysis and mapping functions as needed.
(The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed.)
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university in Planning or a related field.
- Two years experience in Planning or related field.
- Any combination of education, training and experience determined by the City to provide the required knowledge skills and abilities equivalent to those attained through requirements #1 and #2 above.
- Knowledge of GIS and application to planning work.
- Demonstrated proficiency with standard office productivity software programs.
- Excellent written, oral and graphic communication skills.
- Excellent research skills.
- Ability to deal tactfully and knowledgeably with the public on and off camera.
- Ability to facilitate discussion and decision making among volunteers.
- A valid Michigan Drivers License, with a good driving record.
Knowledge of CBDG program regulations and experience managing U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) grants.