Planner III

Sussex County Government
Georgetown, DE
United States
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 




Performs professional level planning work involving the application of planning principles and theory to various planning and zoning issues. The incumbent assists in the overall administration of a comprehensive planning and land development regulation process in accordance with Federal, State and local laws.  Assists with overseeing development and maintenance of a county-wide geographic information system.  Assists the County on matters relating to development issues under the general policy direction of the Director and Managers of Planning and Zoning.


Instrumental in providing input to professional planning, vision and development advice to the County government; reviews any or all of the following: site plans, subdivisions, conditional use and/or change of zone applications for compliance with County regulations; assists in providing information to departments, outside agencies and elected officials; assists in explaining, justifying and defending departmental programs, policies and activities; assists in negotiating and resolving sensitive, significant and controversial issues; participates in the evaluation of land use proposals for conformity to established plans and ordinances; provides input to the direction in the development of short and long range plans and projects; coordinates activities with other departments and agencies as required; assists in monitoring the administration and enforcement of a variety of zoning codes; communicates official plans, policies and procedures to staff, County Council, Planning and Zoning Commission and the general public; participates in the development, maintenance and integration of a geographic information system; evaluates information to determine feasibility of proposals and identifies factors requiring amendment on a frequent basis; assists with processing applications to the Board of Adjustment; attends evening meetings and performs meeting related duties; may serve in a lead capacity or serve as a technical expert in a particular area; incumbent may also serve as staff liaison to boards and commissions and represent the County through direct participation in local or regional committees or forums; performs related work as required. 


Extensive knowledge of community development, planning and zoning administration, and comprehensive plans including the formulation, process for adoption and enforcement; strong knowledge of planning programs and processes; working knowledge of inspection, codes and code enforcement; thorough knowledge of mapping and geographic information systems; ability to comprehend, interpret and apply complex regulations, procedures and related information; ability to prepare and present planning reports and projects; ability to establish and maintain effective relationship with staff, department heads, contractors, County officials, Federal and State agencies and the public; good professional judgment; performance of duties in a professional manner; ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.


Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in land-use planning, urban planning, public administration or closely related field with a minimum of seven (7) years of related experience, preferably in a local government, or any equivalent combination of experience, education and training, Master’s Degree preferred.  Designation as a “Certified Planner” from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is preferred; excellent customer service and organizational skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills; proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint). 


  • Direct Deposit Required
  • Minimum 35-hour work week (Monday - Friday)
  • Pre-Employment Background Screening
  • Pre-Employment Drug/Alcohol Testing
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license
Published on:
July 17, 2018 - 9:33am
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