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Planner III

City of Johns Creek

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Exciting Opportunity for a Planner III - Join the Vibrant City of Johns Creek!

Position Overview: Are you a dynamic and forward-thinking planner ready to make a significant impact? The City of Johns Creek invites you to become an integral part of our Community Development team as a Planner III (Principal Planner). In this role, you will spearhead professional planning and zoning activities, ensuring compliance with state laws, our Comprehensive Plan, Zoning and Sign ordinances, development regulations, and other local ordinances. If you're passionate about shaping the future of communities and thrive in a collaborative environment, we want you on our team!

Why Join Us:

Innovative Community Development: Contribute to cutting-edge land development, zoning, targeted area studies and projects in one of the most dynamic cities in Georgia.

Impactful Projects: Take the lead in reviewing and managing complex land use applications and proposals for subdivisions, planned developments, and master plans that will shape the landscape of Johns Creek.

Professional Growth: Elevate your career with exposure to diverse projects, ongoing learning opportunities, and a supportive work culture.

Engaging Environment: Be part of a team that values your ideas, encourages creativity, and fosters a collaborative spirit.

Key Responsibilities:

Challenge Yourself: Review and shepherd complex land use applications and development proposals, ensuring compliance with local, state, and federal regulations.

Strategic Planning: Manage short and long-range planning, targeted area plans, and assist with drafting amendments to the City's Zoning Ordinance and Comprehensive Plan.

Innovative Solutions: Initiate and manage the Rezoning, Special Use Permit, and Variance application process, and provide research and review for Building Permits, Land Disturbance Permits, Final Plats, and other various permits. The incumbent will be looked upon as the primary source to perform research of legislation and ordinances that will improve the overall quality and performance of the department and City at large.

Effective Communication: Present findings and recommendations through compelling graphics, reports, and presentations to diverse audiences and respond to inquiries and counsel staff and customers on issues and questions related to planning, zoning, housing, transportation, growth management, and other complex land use and community planning matters.

Community Engagement: Attend community, advisory, commission, and Council meetings to understand community interests and provide your expert analysis based on research of City codes and the Comprehensive Plan.


Qualifications: Education and Experience:

Bachelor's Degree in City Planning, Public Administration, or related field.

Four (4) years of professional planning and zoning experience.

Or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Possession of a valid driver's license issued by the State of Georgia.


Preferred Qualifications:

Master's Degree in City Planning, City Administration, or related field.

AICP Certification preferred.

Perks and Benefits:

Competitive salary and benefits package:

Explore outstanding healthcare options and exceptional retirement benefits with the City of Johns Creek! Our comprehensive package includes a generous 12% contribution of your base pay to the 401a plan and a $1 for $1 match up to 5% in the 457(b) retirement plans, potentially totaling up to 22%! Access financial adviser services at no extra cost. Revel in a competitive salary package crafted to align with the unique responsibilities and benefits of the Planning and Zoning Manager position. We offer competitive wages starting from $2,764.34 to $3,047.15/biweekly. This is an exempt position.

Ready to Elevate Your Career? Apply Today!

The City of Johns Creek is committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace. Join us in making a difference! Apply now and become a crucial part of our financial success.


The City of Johns Creek is a vibrant jewel nestled in the thriving northeast suburbs of Metro Atlanta. As the 9th largest city in Georgia, we take pride in our community of 85,000 residents and 250 dedicated employees who contribute to its growth and well-being. Established in December of 2006, Johns Creek has emerged as a beacon of safety in Georgia, consistently earning high marks on's rankings. We are committed to upholding this reputation as we move forward. Johns Creek was ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States in 2023 by and the #1 place to raise a family in Georgia by Our vision extends beyond being safe; we aim to be pioneers in health, wellness, and innovation, continually drawing residents and businesses from all corners to call Johns Creek their home.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER The City of Johns Creek is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, or any other class or status protected by law.

IMPORTANT: By submitting your resume online, you hereby authorize the City of Johns Creek to contact, obtain, and verify the accuracy of the information contained in this application from all previous employers, references, and educational institutions. You also hereby release from liability the City of Johns Creek and its representatives for seeking, gathering, and using such information to make employment decisions and all other persons or organizations for providing such information. You understand that any misrepresentation or material omission made by you on this application will be sufficient cause for cancellation of this application or immediate termination of employment if you are employed, whenever it may be discovered.

Please note that interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information via this online portal. No unsolicited letters, emails, telephone calls, or in-person submissions will be considered in fairness to other potential candidates for this position.


The City of Johns Creek is a drug free workplace and all positions are subject to the candidate successfully passing a background screening.

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.

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