Planner Coordinator (10264, Grade 26)
Area 2 Division of the Montgomery County Planning Department is seeking an experienced and motivated Planner Coordinator to join one of the nation's premier planning agencies and help shape Montgomery County for the 21st century. It is an opportunity to have a broad impact on the built environment, advocate for design excellence, and shape future communities that cover urban and suburban parts of Montgomery County. The planner coordinator will serve under the direction of the division's supervisor and will primarily be responsible for regulatory review and will serve as a lead reviewer on key projects within Area 2.
The successful candidate will possess excellent research, writing and analytical abilities. The selected candidate will be able to clearly organize information, know and understand best practices in land use planning, review regulatory requirements, apply appropriate federal, state and county codes, and prepare written technical reports for presentation to the Planning Board, County agencies and public meetings to explain complex planning issues.
Examples of Important Duties:
- Coordinate complex and controversial master planning and development review functions in high profile development areas.
- Provide timely and accurate reviews of complex preliminary plans, site plans, project plans and sketch plans.
- Develops goals, schedules, and deadlines for work effort and ensures that objectives are met for completion and occasionally meet with staff to ensure progress.
- Perform comprehensive review of preliminary plans, site plans, conditional uses, zoning, and mandatory referral applications as assigned for conformance with forest conservation law and regulations, guidelines, and other applicable county and state laws and regulations.
- Prepare staff reports that clearly state staff recommendations, issues, and findings, and illustrate issues graphically.
- Incorporate knowledge of planning standards, codes, and plans to develop alternatives to resolve planning problems identified.
- Present and defend staff recommendations to the Planning Board in a Public Hearing setting.
- Schedule and coordinate pre-submission meetings with potential developers to provide general guidance and feedback on development proposals.
- Demonstrate the ability to work effectively with Commission staff, applicants, consultants, other agencies and the public. Follows lead agency protocol.
- Demonstrate thorough knowledge of the regulatory requirements including the Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Regulations, Road Code, Master/Sector Plans, Master/Sector Plan Design Guidelines, Master/Sector Plan Implementation Guidelines, Subdivision Staging/Growth Policy, and Forest Conservation Law, and other applicable sections of the County Code, as required
- Brings the ability to present to citizen groups and public officials
- Brings innovative ideas and solutions to work assignments by keeping current with the latest developments in other jurisdictions, professional associations, and the body of current zoning knowledge.