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Senior Planner


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The person in this position will perform professional zoning tasks by processing applications, building permits, and business license requests while monitoring zoning ordinance and code compliance. Attends a variety of meetings to present information and provide professional recommendations concerning various planning issues.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS                                                                                          

  • Communicates with the development community and the general public to gather and provide information regarding planning, zoning, and development issues
  • Provides information and answers to the public concerning zoning regulations; assists applicants in completing application forms;
  • Attends various board meetings to provide information and answers regarding applications and related issues; advises board members of zoning ordinances and code requirements
  • Notifies code enforcement staff when site visits and citations may be necessary
  • Conducts technical review and analysis of information; reviews files to present information
  • Reviews board applications and plans for code compliance
  • Reviews administrative variances and exception plats and forwards for approval; reviews final plats and division plats for completeness and approval; ensures plans are drawn to architectural or engineering scale
  • Reviews applications for compliance with zoning ordinances; assists in determining if any additional review of an application is necessary
  • Receives, reviews and processes zoning and Historic Preservation Commission applications
  • Provides staff support for various commissions and boards
  • Processes and verifies business license requests

Performs tasks associated with routine operation and application of the GIS

  • Prepares meeting agendas, meeting minutes, summaries, and information packets as needed
  • Performs special projects and other duties as assigned.


Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Public Administration or related field (Master’s degree preferred); and three (3) years of experience in planning or property development activities; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Knowledge of comprehensive and current planning principles, procedures, techniques and their implications;
  • Knowledge of development regulations concerning land use and environmental matters;
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of engineering and physical design as related to city planning;
  • Knowledge of socio-economic and demographic research techniques;
  • Knowledge of supervisory and management principles and practices;
  • Knowledge of land planning, cartography and development principles, practices and methods
  • Knowledge of the operation GIS and GPS software applications;
  • Knowledge of Historic Preservation Practices;
  • Skilled in operating a personal computer utilizing graphics, word processing, spreadsheet and database software programs.
  • Skill in oral and written communication;
  • Ability to learn, comprehend, and apply all City or departmental policies, practices and procedures necessary to function effectively in the position
  • Ability to analyze and understand city, county, regional, state and federal codes, ordinances and regulations pertaining to planning, including transportation planning.
  • Ability to read and understand deeds, surveys and legal descriptions, and determine whether such records relate to the same property;       
  • Ability to conduct technical planning research.
  • Ability to understand and interpret maps, drawings, specifications and documents.
  • Ability to present verbal and written recommendations in a clear and concise manner.
  • Ability to prepare reports, plans and studies and to accurately interpret ordinances and codes;
  • Ability to write reports clearly and in an interesting manner while conveying technical information to the general public;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental personnel, City personnel, developers, and the public;
  • Ability to deal courteously and tactfully with the public;
  • Ability to operate City vehicles.


Requires a valid State of Georgia Driver’s license; American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certification is preferred.


The work is sedentary work and requires mental acuity, repetitive motion, speaking, and talking.


The incumbent works in a dynamic environment that requires sensitivity to change and responsiveness to changing goals, priorities, and needs.


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