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Urban Planner

City of Americus

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The purpose of this classification is to perform professional planning work in the development of programs, compilation of planning data, interprets land use laws and regulations; prepares reports related to land use planning and landscaping projects; and provides input related to zoning and development.



The following duties are normal for this position.  The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

Assists the Director with the establishment of department goals and objectives; assists with budget related activities; provides information on past departmental budgets and expenditures for use in developing budget proposals; monitors expenditures under the current budget; assists with researching and resolving zoning, annexations ,variances land use, and historic preservation issues.

Maintains and updates the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

Performs current and long-range planning tasks concerning growth management, annexation, transportation planning, preservation of open space, etc.

Reviews preliminary plats, construction plans and survey plats for conformance to policy and code.

Meets with citizens and answers questions regarding adopted codes, rezoning applications, historic preservation, appeals process, ordinances and related procedures; interprets zoning ordinance and development regulations.

Develops/compiles meeting notices, agendas and information packages for the Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals, including writing legal advertisements, developing and placing public notice signs on subject properties, notifying property owners involved, conducting waiver analysis as necessary and composing staff analysis/position on each agenda item.

Researches planning issues and coordinates with other planners and agencies as needed.

Researches and prepares zoning and development regulations amendments.

Researches and provides zoning certifications and zoning compliance letters.

Responsible for updating and maintaining the City’s official zoning maps and future land use maps.

Collects and analyzes related date from various sources, including various governmental entities.

Makes presentations to the Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, and the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Assists the Director in monitoring CDBG, CHIP, and various projects in progress; monitors disbursement of funds and escrow accounts; coordinates leverage loans for rehabilitation work.

Attends various meetings, serves on committees, makes presentations as needed; schedules and attends Public Hearings and neighborhood meetings; and acts as mediator for appeals on behalf of the homeowners and contracts.

Communicates with supervisor, employees, City officials, other departments, the public, state and federal agencies, outside agencies, service providers, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work in progress, exchange information, resolve problems, and/or give/receive advice and/or direction.

Ensures compliance with all applicable ordinances, laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures and initiates any action necessary to correct any deviations or violations.

Serves and/or attends and participates on various committees and boards including but not limited to: Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals. 

Provides staff assistance to City boards & commissions as identified. 

Assists in helping walk in and phone customers.

Manages and updates the City websites and handles all related inquiries related to the City websites.

Performs activities related to the implementation of the City’s Urban Redevelopment Plan, and the coordination of the plan once implemented.

Assist with maintaining the City’s presence on social networking websites.


Performs other related duties as required.


Bachelor’s degree in public administration, planning or closely related field; supplemented by 1 to 3  years of experience in urban or regional planning; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.  Must possess and maintain Georgia driver’s license


Data Utilization:  Requires the ability to evaluate, audit, deduce, and/or assess data using established criteria. Includes exercising discretion in determining actual or probable consequences and in referencing such evaluation to identify and select alternatives.

Human Interaction:  Requires the ability to apply principles of persuasion and/or influence over others in coordinating activities of a project, program, or designated area of responsibility.

Equipment, Machinery, Tools, and Materials Utilization:  Requires the ability to operate, maneuver and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used in performing essential functions.

Verbal Aptitude:  Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive, and/or advisory data and information.

Mathematical Aptitude:  Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; ability to calculate decimals and percentages; may include ability to perform mathematical operations with fractions; may include ability to compute discount, interest, profit and loss, ratio and proportion; may include ability to calculate surface areas, volumes, weights, and measures.

Functional Reasoning:  Requires the ability to apply principles of influence systems, such as motivation, incentive, and leadership, and to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to resolve problems.

Situational Reasoning:  Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory, judgmental, or subjective criteria, as opposed to that which is clearly measurable or verifiable.



Physical Ability: Tasks require the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (5-10 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or work station.

 Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, depth, texture, and visual cues or signals.  Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.

Environmental Factors: Essential functions are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions.


The City of Americus, Georgia, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

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