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Planner I - Planning Division


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Gwinnett County, historically one of America’s fastest-growing counties, and now one of the nation’s most diverse is looking to hire a Planner I for our Planning and Development Department.  Gwinnett County combines the best of big-city and suburban living and is located approximately 30 miles northeast of Atlanta, Georgia.  With a 2019 estimated population of 936,250 residents and an anticipated 2040 population of more than 1.3 million, Gwinnett County is currently the second largest county in the state.  Key planning-related priorities from the County’s 2040 Unified Plan include redevelopment and revitalization, alternative modes of transportation, creating activity centers and walkable/mixed use development, addressing traffic congestion on major facilities, and housing affordability.  With a comprehensive housing study and a diagnostic report addressing barriers to missing middle housing underway, assessing current and future housing needs is a major priority of the Board of Commissioners.

The Gwinnett County Planning and Development Department includes three divisions: The Administrative Division; the Development Division and the Planning Division.  With approximately 120 employees the Department provides services related to planning, zoning, development, permits, licenses, inspections, and code enforcement.  The mission of the Department is to promote and enhance the quality of life of residents, visitors, property owners and businesses of Gwinnett County.  The Department accomplishes this mission through programs and services that encourage high quality development as well as maintenance and revitalization of existing neighborhoods. 

The available Planner I position is within the Department’s Planning Division which manages current planning, long-range planning, and planning data services for the County.  Long-range planning activities include master planning, community education and other special projects.  Current planning activities include zoning administration, maintaining the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), supporting the Planning Commission and related tasks.  Planning data services activities include creating and maintaining GIS data, producing maps and other special projects. This position reports to the Planning Manager and is responsible for the following job duties:

  • Serves as initial point of contact for customer service needs
  • Completes zoning-related certifications (zoning, automotive and childcare)
  • Accepts and reviews zoning applications
  • Prepares staff case reports for the Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Communicates with other County Departments and outside agencies
  • Attends meetings with residents, developers, design professionals and others
  • Attends Planning Commission and Board of Commissioner public hearings
  • Completes site visits for zoning-related applications
  • Accepts and reviews Temporary Use permits
  • Schedules Pre-applications meetings
  • Completes other special projects including master planning, research and analysis of planning and zoning-related topics; community engagement, education, and others; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

The grade for this position is C41(1).

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Landscape Architecture, or Planning
  • One year of planning experience or 
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above
  • Valid driver's license 

 Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Master's degree in Engineering, Landscape Architecture, or Planning

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