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ZONING DIVISION MANAGER
The essential function of the position within the organization is to direct and manage the Zoning operations of the County. The position is responsible for the supervision of professional staff involved in the management of zoning, variance and appeals cases; review and approval of subdivision and development plans, telecommunication towers, and permits for signs; providing information and assistance to the public in zoning related matters; conducting studies and analysis of technical data presented in zoning applications. The Zoning Division Manager shall be the primary interpretive staff position regarding the Cherokee County Zoning Ordinance, and subdivision regulations, including the issuance of stop work or cease and desist orders for zoning violations; and preparing amendments or changes to the code. This position must also have thorough knowledge of the county’s codes and ordinances; experience in supervision of professional, technical, and administrative staff. The position develops and implements programs within organizational policies, reports major activities through presentations and reports, including public presentations to the Board of Commissioners; assists with the preparation and administration of the departmental budget.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Principal responsibility is interpreting the Zoning Ordinance; proposing amendment or changes to the code for consideration by the Planning Commission and/or the Board of Commissioners; establishing policies for the application and enforcement of the Ordinance; and providing guidance to staff and the general public on zoning procedures, practices and policies.
· Reviews requests for certification of Zoning of property, conducts research on zoning history and either provides such certification letters or approves those prepared by staff for mortgage companies, attorneys, and others upon request.
· Manages staff members involved in the review and administration of zoning, variance, and appeals cases; subdivision review and approvals; issuance of sign permits; review of development plans.
· Supervises professional staff, including selecting or recommending selection, training, performance management, assigning and evaluating work, counseling, disciplining and terminating or recommending termination.
· Presents cases before both the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals as a part of being the lead technical support to both appointed bodies.
· Provides information and assistance to the public in filing zoning applications, variance and appeal applications, telecommunication tower and sign permit applications.
· Conducts studies and analyzes technical data presented in applications for rezoning, special use permits, and variances; prepares staff reports and necessary information for Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Board of Commissioners, and notifies applicant of any final decision and conditions.
· Reads and interprets zoning ordinance and maps; updates Zoning maps as necessary. · Assists builders, contractors and citizens with general ordinance and code questions regarding the zoning process, appeals or variance procedures and land development. · Assists Director in the preparation and administration of the budget.
· Assists the Planning Division in the preparation of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan. · May act in place of the Director in his/her absence
Education and Experience
· Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree supplemented by a Master’s degree and a minimum 8 years of experience in planning or zoning.
· Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in planning or related preferred.
· Supervisory experience of a minimum of 5 years mentoring and managing professional staff required.
· Certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) preferred.
· Any combination of education, training, and experience that provides the required knowledge and skills is acceptable.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
· Thorough Knowledge of zoning and land use regulations and ordinances.
· Knowledge of processes and procedures for zoning, variance and sign applications and subdivision submittals.
· Knowledge of personal computers and related software.
· Able to prepare for and make presentations in public to appointed boards
· Ability to organize and direct the work of subordinates.
· Ability to take corrective action and apply progressive discipline up to and including termination.
· Ability to review performance of staff, communicate expectations, set goals and measure performance.
· Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with the general public, other county departments and elected officials.
· Ability to read and interpret zoning text, surveys, maps and plats. · Ability to read and interpret a variety of documents ranging from correspondence and policies and procedures to technical documents.
Valid Georgia Driver’s License and a satisfactory Motor Vehicle Record (MVR).
Job duties are performed primarily in an office environment. However, the ability to work in a variety of outdoor weather conditions and in environments with high noise levels is needed when the incumbent is inspecting service requests or active projects.
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT COMPLIANCE Cherokee County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ADA requires the County to provide adequate accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with management.
ADA accommodations with management. REQUIREMENTS INCLUDED IN THIS CLASS SPECIFICATION MAY BE SUBJECT TO MODIFICATION IN ORDER TO REASONABLY ACCOMMODATE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES WHO ARE OTHERWISE QUALIFIED TO PERFORM THE ESSENTIAL DUTIES OF THE JOB.