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City Planner (Entry-level)

City of Hampton

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REPORTS TO: Community Development Director DEPARTMENT: Community Dev.
DATE APPROVED: September 29, 2020


The City of Hampton is accepting applications for an entry-level City Planner within the Community Development department. The Planner I position requires a professional with a background in landscape architecture, urban design, or city and regional planning. This position level receives considerable immediate supervision from senior planners.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to sit, stand, talk, and operate multiple types of equipment for an extended period of time.


  • Develops planning studies and reports in support of new and updated plans, programs, and regulations
  • Reviews or assists in the review of moderately difficult development proposals and site plans for conformance with codes, plans, and regulations
  • Prepares and presents detailed reports on development proposals to government bodies
  • Collects a variety of statistical data and prepare reports and maps on topics such as census information, land use, tax base data, and occupancy rates
  • Evaluates or assists in the evaluation of re-zonings, ordinance amendments, site plans, special use permits, variances, and other proposals
  • Produces GIS maps and spatial analysis, include compiling, analyzing, and managing socioeconomic and geospatial data
  • Acts as liaison between community groups, government agencies, developers, and elected officials in developing neighborhood plans
  • Coordinates community review of public and private development projects
  • Provides information to the public regarding development regulations
  • Assists in resolving citizen and customer issues
  • Aides in the preparation of reports using Adobe Creative Suite or other presentation software, memos, PowerPoint presentations, Excel models, and presentation graphics.


  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of planning
  • Knowledge of a relevant specialization such as transportation, land use, or affordable housing is desired
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of research and data collection
  • Knowledge of effective writing techniques
  • Statistical, algebraic, or geometric knowledge and ability to apply such knowledge in practical situations
  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, which may include Microsoft Office, Internet applications, and GIS
  • Oral communication and interpersonal skills to explain rules and procedures clearly to the public
  • Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve vaguely defined practical problems
  • Ability to review plans and apply provisions of the ordinances and codes to determine compliance with such regulations and to apply regulations to field conditions
  • Ability to create graphic designs, development strategies, and render site plans via sketches and/or computer graphics highly desirable.
  • Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment as needed
  • Ability to attend to details while keeping big-picture goals in mind


  • A bachelor's degree in urban planning, architecture, public policy, or related area of study in addition to one year of planning experience.


The preceding job description does not constitute an employment contract. It has been designed to indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this position. It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to do this job. Incumbent will perform other duties as assigned by immediate supervisor.
City of Hampton
Andrea Atwater
(770) 946-4306


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