Chief Planning Officer

City of Grandview
Grandview, MO
United States
March 22, 2017
Professional Area: 
Community Development
5-7 years
AICP Certification: 
Salary Range: 

Typical Chief Planning Officer Job Responsibilities

Following are some typical responsibilities of the Chief Planning Officer that the successful candidate will be required to perform on a routine basis:

  • Read, understand and evaluate application submittals for Site Plans, Plats, Subdivisions, Conditional Use Permits, Variances, Planned Developments, and Certificates of Survey for consistency with adopted codes and ordinances.
  • Acts as a “trusted advisor” to customers to ensure their request/application is efficiently and effectively moved through the development review process.
  • Interprets the zoning ordinance, City codes and design standards and guidelines as they relate to development projects.
  • Utilize GIS regularly to maintain essential City data related to land use, zoning, historic preservation, and economic incentive projects and to use this data to create maps that present this data to senior management, boards and commissions, elected officials, citizens and outside parties.
  • Composes and presents written staff reports and verbal presentations, relating to planning issues, to the Planning Commission and Board of Aldermen.
  • Composes and presents written staff reports and verbal presentations, relating to historic preservation issues, to the Historic Preservation Commission and Board of Aldermen.
  • Meets with citizens, real estate professionals, architects, engineers, contractors, attorneys, builders, developers and business representatives as part of the City’s weekly Pre-Development meetings.
  • Responsible for managing the City’s weekly Pre-Development meetings.
  • Performs and manages complex and sensitive professional planning projects, research and analyses.
  • Receives and resolves public concerns and comments, regarding zoning and development issues that come from face-to-face contact, phone calls, e-mails or directly from the City’s website.
  • Participate in regional planning issues as part of the First Suburbs Coalition and Communities for All Ages initiative and in the committee structure at Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), the region’s MPO.
  • Provide regular updates on Development Services activities/projects/initiatives to the Communications Coordinator so they get integrated into the City’s website.
  • Forward potential zoning ordinance and subdivision regulation revisions to the Director for consideration.
  • Participate in the annual development of the 5-Year Capital Improvements Program (CIP) as a member of the Capital Facilities Committee.
  • Research legislation under consideration, regarding zoning and land use, which may have an impact on the operations of the City governance and develop an understanding of the potential impacts.

Education and Experience Requirements

Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in Urban/Regional Planning or closely related field (Landscape Architecture, Architecture or Geography) with at least 5 years professional experience in planning and community development is preferred. A working command of GIS is required.

A Master’s degree in Urban/Regional Planning is a plus.  Certification as an AICP, American Institute of Certified Planners is preferred.

Relevant Competencies Needed for Success

The City believes that the Chief Planning Officer position is critical to the overall success of the Community Development Department and is an important piece in the overall “puzzle” that drives the City forward. 

In evaluating candidates for the Chief Planning Officer position, the City is looking for candidates that possess and exhibit, or can mentored and acquire the following competencies:

  • Builds common ground and consensus on important issues with the ability to see multiple sides of every issue
  • Effectively and articulately delivers presentations, proposals and reports and possesses strong communications skills
  • Uses a thoughtful and deliberate decision-making style with the ability to weigh risks, impacts and benefits
  • Collaborates, supports and shares credit for success with staff and stakeholders
  • Acts in a calm and confident manner in a variety of situations, including when under pressure
  • Listens to others’ ideas and opinions and considers them fully, even if not eventually utilized
  • Acts as an ambassador for planning, zoning, historic preservation and community development to the community
  • Willingness to set the bar “high” on annual work program, results and performance metrics and then be the “example” for subordinates to follow
  • Possesses and executes strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Be an open and honest communicator with subordinates and supervisors in all matters
  • Possess a strong sense of personal integrity, professional ethics, and moral character
  • Possesses a high level of personal energy
  • Engages in continuous personal learning and strongly committed to the training and career development of subordinates
  • Displays confidence, poise and passion for community development and its importance in the overall governance of the City
  • Exhibits proven political skills, yet remains squarely apolitical.


The salary range for the Chief Planning Officer position is $55,000 - $68,000 depending upon the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate.  In addition to the salary, the City offers a full complement of benefits including health, dental, vision, retirement, and tuition reimbursement.

Deadline and Contact Information

Interested and qualified applicants shall submit a cover letter, professional resume and five (5) references to:

Ms. Deb Angell, Human Resources Manager

City of Grandview, Missouri

1200 Main Street

Grandview, Missouri 64030

(816) 316-4808 Phone

All required materials shall be submitted no later than 5:00PM CST on April 30, 2017.

Grandview, Missouri Planning Initiatives

The City of Grandview, Missouri has undertaken many outstanding and successful planning initiatives since 2007, including:

  • US 71 Outer Roads Study – study of one-way and two-way frontage road improvement strategies along US 71 in Grandview (October 2009), and
  • GIS Master Plan (July 2009)
  • MARC/UMKC First Suburbs Coalition Commercial Redevelopment Projects Initiative (2009)
  • Grandview-Highgrove Road Residential Historic District Adoption and Design Guidelines (October 2007)
  • Downtown Main Street Conservation District Adoption and Design Guidelines (November 2008)
  • Highway 150 Sustainable Corridor Plan (December 2012)
  • US 71/I-49 Sustainable Redevelopment Corridor Plan (January 2014)
  • I-49/MO 150 Corridor Design Standards and Guidelines Adoption (May 2014)
  • Walk Friendly Communities Regional Summit (June 2015)
  • Phase III Pilot City, Communities For All Ages Program (Bronze Level Recognition)

In addition to these planning initiatives, Development Services has been integrally involved in the following types and numbers of development projects in the past 5 years:

  • Three (3) Chapter 353 Redevelopment Projects
  • TIF 15 – Redevelopment of Truman Corners into Truman’s Marketplace
  • Southpointe Business Park development
  • Numerous business expansion and relocation projects
  • 456-unit golf-course apartment development

The City is heavily involved and committed to historic preservation.  The City completed a Historic Resources Survey in 2002-2003 and has a complete inventory of all structures over 50 years old located in the originally platted portions of the City.  The Historic Preservation Commission was approved in 2004, the zoning ordinance was revised that same year to include an entire section on historic preservation and the City became a Certified Local Government (CLG) and participates with the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) in this program.

The City is fortunate to have many historic assets.  The City has a local residential historic district that is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well as a local conservation district along Main Street in the original downtown area.  The City’s forward thinking was responsible for developing and approving specific design guidelines for both of these districts to guide property investments that occur to the exterior surfaces of the buildings.

Community Development Department Overview

The Department is made up of three Divisions – Development Services, Building Services and Neighborhood Services – each with its own specific mission, work product and outputs that contribute to the overall success of the Department and the City.

The Chief Planning Officer is a vital member of the Development Services Division.  The Development Services Division executes many critical tasks including:

  • Zoning Ordinance revisions
  • Zoning Map revisions
  • Zoning Ordinance enforcement
  • Home Occupation Application review and approval
  • GIS data management and map creation
  • Pre-Application meeting process coordination
  • Development Site Plan review and approval coordination
  • Minor Subdivision, Lot Line Adjustment and Lot Consolidation review and approval
  • Staff support for the Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission and the Zoning Board of Adjustment for items such as:
  • Preliminary and Final Plats
  • Rezoning actions
  • Planned District Developments
  • Conditional Use Permits
  • Zoning Ordinance Text Amendments
  • Easement/Right-of-way vacations
  • Certificates of Appropriateness
  • Variances
  • Appeals of Administrative Decisions
  • Corridor Studies and other Planning Studies
  • Comprehensive Plan update/revision

In the last 5 years, the Development Services Division has been very active and involved in the following projects:

This Pre-Development work has led to a large corresponding increase in the number of building permits and the value of construction undertaken during this same time period.

Upcoming Challenges and Opportunities

Every municipal government faces a set of challenges and offers opportunities to rise above these challenges for the benefit of the citizens.  In Grandview, the next Chief Planning Officer has the following opportunities, in the next several years, as a springboard for career success:

  • Completing an in-depth analysis of the current Comprehensive Plan to determine which elements, if any, can be adequately revised using internal resources, and
  • Developing a schedule for and completing these revisions to the Comprehensive Plan, and
  • Develop the schedule, program content, meeting agendas and locations, assist in running and create the record for a series of informal “listening sessions” on various topics as part of the revisions to the Comprehensive Plan, and
  • Utilize the City’s GIS and online subscription to create a series of map products that tell “the story” about Grandview and its potential to citizens, builders, developers and business owners, and
  • Work to integrate the Pre-Development Meeting process onto the City’s website (online meeting request form and e-mail), and
  • Work on a major sports-related development project and successfully guide it through the development review and approval process, and
  • Become immersed in historic preservation, as the City is a Certified Local Government (CLG), and develop a full understanding of the value of historic preservation and how it can be an asset to the City’s future, and
  • Become an active participant in the American Planning Association (APA) at the local and state level, and
  • Strive to become a certified Planner (AICP), if not already in possession of this certification at the time of hire, and continue to gain knowledge of the profession through CEU’s.


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