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Planner I

Hall County

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JOB TITLE:                          PLANNER I



Researches and evaluates zoning codes and zoning information, reviews applications for permits to determine compliance with zoning requirements and subdivision regulations, and acts as staff support for the Planning Commission. Assists the public in researching zoning and development review cases, determines feasibility of requested changes, and describes procedures for obtaining permits.  Consults with public in person or by telephone; explains applicable regulations for development proposals, and describes procedures for processing permits and applications. 



ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES (incumbents may not perform all duties):


Reviews plans for compliance with applicable ordinances, laws, rules, and regulations and reviews applicable legal documents.


Handles customer phone calls, walk-ins and appointments related to zoning and development issues and projects.


Receives and reviews applications for zoning, land use, permits and approves or routes applications to appropriate personnel.


Assists in presenting detailed reports on rezoning and variance requests to the Planning Commission.


Assembles maps, plans, and related data needed for plan review and assists co-workers in performing related research.


Performs onsite inspections of proposed and on-going plans to gather information and determine compliance.


Prepares minutes from special meetings; provides mail-outs for meetings, attends the Planning Commission meetings, and performs additional support services for the Planning Department, when necessary. 


Provides information to the public as required.


Regular and predictable attendance is required.


Performs other related duties as required.





Personal Computer             Mapping System Equipment            Audio/Visual Equipment            Copy Machine                                                            





Education and Experience:


Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Landscape Architecture or Public Administration or related field with one year relevant experience.


Any equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the jobs such as those listed above.



Licenses and Certifications:


Valid Class I Driver's license and a satisfactory Motor Vehicle Record (MVR).



Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


Knowledge of the principles and practices of urban and regional planning.


Knowledge of applicable laws, ordinances, policies, standards, and regulations pertaining to the specific duties and responsibilities of the position.


Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.


Knowledge of Geographical Information Systems (GIS).


Ability to compile, organize, prepare, and maintain an assortment of records, reports, and information in an effective manner and according to departmental and/or governmental regulations. 


Ability to effectively communicate and interact with supervisors, other employees, government officials, and the public. 


Ability to assemble information, research and analyze related topics, draw conclusions, and create written reports and documents that communicate in a concise, clear, and effective manner. 


Ability to use independent judgment in routine situations. 


Ability to plan, organize, and/or prioritize daily or long range assignments and work activities. 


Ability to prepare and deliver public presentations and to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. 


Ability to deal courteously and diplomatically with the general public.



ADA Minimum Requirements:


Physical Ability: Essential functions of this position continuously require the ability to remain in a stationary position (sitting or standing); operate a computer and other office machinery, such as a calculator, copier, and printer. Incumbents must continuously be able to think analytically; handle stress and emotion, concentrate on tasks, remember names and other details; examine and observe details; make decisions, and adjust to change. Incumbents must also continuously direct others; meet deadlines; stay organized; use math/calculations and use a keyboard/type.


Essential Functions frequently require the ability to move about inside the office; and move/transport items up to 10lbs.


Essential functions occasionally require the ability to bend body downward and forward by bending spine and legs, and twisting at the waist, hips or knees; reach overhead; push or pull; and repetitively use hands/arms/legs. Incumbents in this position are occasionally required to be on-call and work irregular hours.


Sensory Requirements:  Essential functions regularly require the ability to use effective verbal and written communication; and use of hand/eye coordination and fine manipulation to use equipment.


Environmental Factors: Essential functions of this position continuously require the ability to either work with others or work alone.


This class specification should not be interpreted as all inclusive.  It is intended to identify the major respon­sibilities and requirements of this job.  The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specifica­tion.

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