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Planning and Zoning Director


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Planning and Zoning Director

POSITION SUMMARY The Planner position is responsible for performing administrative and technical duties in support of the department’s planning and zoning operations.


This position is also responsible for reviewing construction, planning, zoning, and permit applications for compliance with the relevant municipal ordinances, and for issuing them upon approval.


Reports to City Manager


SCHEDULE: Normal operating hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30pm pm.  Position is Full Time, but Part-Time would be considered.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS Assists in the preparation of staff analysis regarding various applications (e.g., variances, rezoning, use permits, zoning modifications); provides support for administrative and technical tasks related to planning and zoning and code administration functions; assists in the development of amendments to the zoning ordinances and other city regulations. Provides technical information and assistance to the general public, professionals, appointed citizen boards, and other city staff regarding zoning classifications, ordinances, and plan-related information. Accept permit applications; review for completeness and compliance with the ordinance; performs final site inspections for compliance with the approved development plans; attend Development Review Team meetings. Review site development plans and plats for compliance with the city’s codes and ordinances and prepare comment letters. Assist with developing short and long-range plans; assist with interpreting and preparing data for studies, reports, and recommendations. Provides administrative support as Secretary to the Board of Appeals, Planning and Zoning Commission, as well as present zoning applications to the various boards; attends public meetings; maintain agendas and minutes; prepares and distributes legal notices to the print media and posting notices for public meetings; prepares copies of public hearing applications and ordinance and plan amendments. Provide support for public events (e.g., community meetings, public hearings). Assist with updating the department Web page and other platforms. Performs other related duties as assigned.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: QUALIFICATIONS Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Architecture, Landscape, Public Administration, or closely related field; supplemented by 1-2 years of related planning experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job. Licenses or Certifications: Valid State of Georgia driver’s license.


ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT: Special Requirements - Special Requirements: Requires an acceptable general background check to include a local and state criminal history check and an acceptable driving record.


REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of philosophies, practices, principles, and techniques of the municipal planning process of development and redevelopment. Knowledge of building permit procedures. Knowledge of City ordinances, local building codes and regulations. Ability to provide guidance, assistance, and/or interpretation to others regarding the application of procedures and standards to specific situations. Ability to calculate decimals and percentages; ability to utilize principles of fractions; ability to interpret graphs. Ability to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagrammatic form. Involves semi-routine standardized work with some latitude for independent judgment concerning choices of action. Ability to build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the public using principles of excellent customer service. Ability to collect fees and balance receipts. Ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving a variety of generally pre-defined duties which are often characterized by frequent change. Skill in clear and concise communications, both orally and in writing. Skill in operating modern office equipment, including computers and supporting word processing and Excel spreadsheet applications.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK CONDITIONS PHYSICAL DEMANDS The work is sedentary work which requires exerting up to 10 pounds of force. Work requires the ability to exert light physical effort which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight. Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or workstation. Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate visual cues or signals. Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.


WORK ENVIRONMENT Work is performed in an office environment. Essential functions are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions. Disclaimer The City of Hoschton is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential job functions satisfactorily. In compliance with the American Disabilities Act (ADA) reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss accommodation with the employer.





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