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Senior City Planner


Listing Summary

Location: City of Woodstock ANNEX, Woodstock, GA 30188
Department: Community Development
Job Status: Full-Time
Status: Accepting Applications

Job Description

Provides professional planning and urban design services in the Community Development Department and performs long-range planning activities regarding growth management, transportation planning, downtown development, annexation, and urban design.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership and direction in the development of long-range plans; gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations; and coordinates planning activities with other departments and agencies as needed.
  • Prepares continuous updates to City maps.
  • Maintains the City’s Comprehensive Plan and performs other long-range planning activities regarding growth management, transportation planning, downtown development, annexation, urban design, etc.
  • Supervises assigned staff including assigning work, training, and evaluating performance.
  • Manages annexation, zoning, and variance functions including research, presentation of findings, exercising persuasive leadership; responds to technical questions and research requests related to previous zoning cases that are now at some stage of litigation.
  • Drafts changes to the Land Development Ordinance and other related ordinances/ regulations for consideration.
  • Assists in direction, development, and implementation of growth management, land use, economic development, utilities, housing, transportation, parks and open space, or other plans and codes to meet the City’s needs and any inter-governmental agreements or requirements.
  • Prepares comprehensive reports, cost estimates, and plans for planning related projects, and City facility/ infrastructure improvements.
  • Oversees City projects; engages in contract negotiations; inspects work; orders materials; authorizes payments; and serves as liaison among contractors, sub-contractors, supervisor, and/or the City Manager.
  • Meets with federal, state, county, and local officials on a regular basis to discuss projects from long-range plans to finalization.
  • Represents the City at conferences, interagency meetings, and other functions.
  • Assists in developing the City-wide Capital Improvement Program associated with the Comprehensive Plan; coordinates meetings with other departments.
  • Serves as a member of various citizen advisory committees, boards, commissions, and staff committees as assigned.
  • Researches and prepares special projects as required including impact analysis studies, data compilation, and program organization.
  • Researches the availability of grants; prepares and submits grant applications; and coordinates the implementation of grant awards.
  • Assists in coordinating City events and promoting tourism.
  • Performs current planning and building and site plan review duties as necessary; meets with developers to review plans and plats for compliance with City’s Land Development Ordinance and zoning codes; and reviews and makes recommendations for approval of preliminary and final plats.
  • Emails correspondence and license/permit approvals.
  • Prepares and resolves resolution forms, zoning certifications, and general correspondence.
  • Attends professional development workshops and conferences to keep abreast of trends and developments in local government planning.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities - Education and Experience:

Requires a bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public administration, or related field; four (4) years of related work experience in professional planning; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  A Master’s degree in professional planning is preferred.

Licenses or Certifications:

Requires a valid State of Georgia driver’s license or ability to obtain one within one (1) week of employment.  Hold (or obtain within required time frames of hire date) American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) credential with the American Planning Association (APA).

Special Requirements:


Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of principles and practices of urban and regional/community planning.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of downtown development and business as well as economic development.
  • Knowledge of statistical and analytical research methods.
  • Knowledge of local government operations with particular reference to City administration, public/private finance, and economics.
  • Skill in interpreting and applying zoning and development regulations.
  • Skill in applying basic mathematics.
  • Skill in communicating, both verbally and in writing.
  • Skill in employing positive public relations methods. 
  • Skill in using personal computers and computer software applicable to this position.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with other City employees, business owners/operators, City officials, and with other agencies, groups, and individuals associated with planning issues. 
  • Ability to process information, applications, and forms requiring accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Ability to prepare accurate, clear, and concise documents.
  • Ability to develop informative brochures and information packages.
  • Ability to understand complex oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to drive and operate City’s assigned vehicle in an efficient and safe manner.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret complex data and clearly present information, ideas, and recommendations.
  • Ability to make presentations to large and small groups. 


The work is sedentary work and requires exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Additionally, the following physical abilities are required:  manual dexterity, hearing, mental acuity, speaking, talking, visual acuity, and walking.


Most of the work is performed in an office setting; however, some limited work is performed outside posting zoning and land use notifications. Requires working in outside weather conditions with occasional exposure to wet and/or humid conditions, traffic, fumes, and airborne particles. The noise level in the work environment is frequently quiet to moderate.

All applicants tentatively selected for a position will be required to submit to pre-employment drug testing and background investigations prior to hire.

The City of Woodstock is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in employment or the provision of services.

E-Verify: In accordance with state and federal law, this employer will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. In order to determine whether Form I-9 documentation is valid, this employer uses E-Verify’s photo screening tool to match the photograph appearing on some permanent resident and employment authorization cards with the official U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) photograph.

Employers may not use E-Verify to pre-screen job applicants or to re-verify current employees and may not limit or influence the choice of documents presented for use on the Form I-9.

IMPORTANT: If the Government cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to provide you written instructions and an opportunity to contact SSA and/or DHS before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment.

The City of Woodstock provides a competitive benefits and compensation package to eligible employees including paid time off, health, dental, vision, and employer-paid long term disability as well as life insurance; an employer-paid pension plan and 457 tax deferred savings plan w/employer match.

Starting Base Pay Rate: $58,410.61 - $91,687.22 and based on experience and qualifications.

Position Start Date: On or after March 9, 2023

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