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Development Plan Review Specialists

Rockdale County

Listing Summary

 Job Summary
This position is responsible for the evaluation of development plans and projects to determine compliance with County Ordinances. An employee in this class inspects commercial and residential construction and development projects to ensure compliance with County and State development regulations and ordinances, to ensure a safe work environment, that work is performed in compliance with approved erosion control measures, and to protect and enhance the County’s economic development resources. Work is assigned in both detailed and general instructions by the Director of Planning and Development. Furthermore, the Director will spot-check and review said work for accuracy with respect to the nature and propriety of the final results.

Essential Functions
Essential Functions: These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position.
Inspects and monitors erosion and sedimentation control activities in addition to Planning & Development regulations on building sites.

Reviews development plans and building permits for compliance with County Ordinances.

Prepares and maintains records of plans, plan reviews, inspections, letters, and reports prepared or used in connection with all land disturbance and building permits.

Responds to questions regarding County Ordinances and State Codes from property owners, developers, contractors, engineers, and architects.

Coordinates plan review and approvals with all other County Departments for which approval is required as a condition for the release of land disturbance and building permits.

Maintains daily logs of work activities, prepares and scans files, enters information into computer software, monitors permitting deadlines, and notifies the permit holder of renewal requirements.

Communicates with project managers and builders on-site, by phone, and in meetings on the protection of natural resources and design specifications in accordance with County ordinances and approved plans.

Attends meetings and workshops and reads technical literature to keep current on industry changes.

Enforces state and County erosion and sedimentation control and stream buffer laws.

Recommends approval or denial to release developments and buildings for plat recording or occupancy.

Interprets and enforces County tree protection and timber harvesting ordinances.

Educates the building and development community as well as the general public on best planning and development practices.

Prepares and submits grant proposals for development projects.

Receives responds to and investigates inquiries and complaints.

Issues warnings, stop-work orders, and citations for non-compliance; attends court when required.

Additional Duties:
Employees in this classification may be expected to perform any related duties as required by proper authority.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of County and department policies and procedures.

Knowledge of principles and practices of land and building development.

Knowledge of design and construction of general public works projects and civil engineering principles using appropriate Best Management Practices.

Knowledge of EPD, EPA, and NPDES rules and procedures.

Knowledge of Best Management Practices applicable to tree protection and erosion and sedimentation control.

Knowledge of state and County timber harvesting regulations and Georgia forestry practices.

Skill in maintaining composure in a variety of stressful, even hostile, situations.

Skill in operating modern office equipment.

Skill in using independent judgment and discretion.

Skill in basic computer applications for word processing and spreadsheets.

Skill in oral and written communication.

Ability to maintain routine records.

Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings and landscaping/grading plans.

Ability to walk, sit, stand, bend, kneel, and crouch in order to perform a variety of work-related tasks.

Ability to climb ladders, occasionally lift light to moderately heavy objects, and to use tools and equipment requiring manual dexterity.

Ability to distinguish between shades of color.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, developers, contractors, builders, other government agencies, and the general public.

Working Conditions
Typically performed in an office environment and outside at building and construction sites and may include exposure to hot, cold, or inclement weather, rough terrain, noise, dust, dirt, and machinery with moving parts. At times the employee may be required to wear protective equipment.

Minimum Qualifications
1) Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, or a related field.

2) Three (3) years of experience in a related field.

3) OR have a combination of education, training, and work experience that is equivalent to #1 and #2 above that provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

4) Erosion and Sediment Control Level 1B and Level 2 certifications within six (6) months of the date of employment.

5) Valid State of Georgia driver’s license.

1)    Bilingual (English/Spanish).


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