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Planning Manager


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The purpose of this classification is to supervise operations and activities of the Planning Division.


Job Summary


Supervises, directs, and evaluates assigned staff, processing employee concerns and problems, directing work, counseling, disciplining, and completing employee performance appraisals; conducts interviews and makes hiring recommendations; conducts or coordinates training activities.


Coordinates daily work activities; organizes, prioritizes, and assigns work; monitors status of work in progress and inspects completed work; confers with assigned staff, assists with complex/problem situations, and provides technical expertise.


Ensures division compliance with all applicable laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures; ensures adherence to established safety procedures; monitors work environment and use of safety equipment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals; initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations or violations.


Consults with Director of Planning & Community Development and other officials to review division operations/activities, review/resolve problems, receive advice/direction, and provide recommendations.


Oversees review of development applications for compliance with County codes, and ordinances.


Coordinates interpretation and application of County codes, comprehensive plan, ordinances, and regulations pertaining to zoning, land use, and site development; researches code-related issues in code books as needed; initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations.


Proposes ordinances and regulations for presentation to Board of Commissioners and to the public.


Develops, updates, and implements division policies and procedures.


Develops and implements division budget; monitors expenditures to ensure compliance with approved budget; coordinates preparation of grant applications and administration of grant funds.


Attends various meetings; participates on various committees and ad hoc committees; presents division documentation and recommendations at meetings.


Provides information and technical assistance to citizens, property owners, land developers, contractors, architects, staff members, County officials, or other individuals/agencies regarding planning/zoning issues, land use issues, codes/ordinances, plan reviews, land development review procedures, permits, fees, or other issues; responds to routine questions or complaints; researches problems and initiates problem resolution.


Prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, ordinances, regulations, budget documents, performance evaluations, staff technical reviews, maps, presentation materials, or other documents.


Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge of applicable codes, regulations, and standards; reviews new codes and changes to existing codes; maintains an awareness of new methods, materials, trends and advances in the profession; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations; attends seminars, workshops, and training sessions as appropriate.

Coordinates division work activities with those of other divisions, other departments, outside agencies, or others as needed.





Performs fieldwork as needed; conducts site visits, code violation inspections, or windshield surveys; posts signs at sites.


Performs general/clerical tasks, which may include answering telephone calls, typing documents, making copies, sending/receiving faxes, filing documentation, or processing incoming/outgoing mail.


Performs other related duties as required.


Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Public Administration, or closely related field; supplemented by six (6) years previous experience and/or training that includes urban planning, local/regional land use, zoning, land development plan review, site plan review, budget administration, supervision, and personal computer operations; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job. 


  • Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license.

  • AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) certification preferred. 

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