Planner II

The Collaborative
Sandy Springs, GA

Description of Job / Position
The Collaborative, an award-winning consulting firm with a national reputation for excellence in planning, design, engineering, transportation and communications, seeks a talented Planner II to join its team of professionals supporting a contract for the City of Sandy Springs, GA. Our Sandy Springs community development team operates as an on-site, full-service community development department in support of the City of Sandy Springs, providing planning and zoning, building and permitting, and code enforcement services. The Collaborative also manages two other departments in support of the City, including Communications and Economic Development. The services provided by the Community Development Department are wide-ranging and constantly changing. It is a fast-paced environment, requiring attention to detail and flexibility in prioritization.

Requires professional planning work of moderate complexity. It is characterized by specialized knowledge of the planning field. The Planner II is expected to possess in-depth knowledge within one or more planning specialties such as comprehensive planning, housing or transportation. The Planner II works under limited supervision.

Job Requirements
The primary duties and responsibilities of the Planner II include:

  • Interprets and applies applicable state, county and local codes, ordinances and regulations
  • Reviews various development applications including plats, permits and site plans for compliance with the Development Code
  • Handles petitions for zoning changes such as rezoning’s and conditional use permits
  • Assists with updates and maintenance of the Comprehensive Plan, Development Code and Technical Manual
  • Writes and presents formal and technical reports and correspondence
  • Attends a substantial number of evening and weekend meetings

Duties and Responsibilities Details

  • Provides with tact a variety of information to the public including conditions of zoning and land use regulations. Responds to Open Records Requests from time to time. Interacts regularly with elected officials
  • Discusses potential projects with applicants, including property owners, developers and design professionals. Explains filing procedures and analysis criteria.
  • Handle rezoning, variance and conditional use permit cases from submittal through decision. Solicits and compiles comments from other parties. Writes staff reports that include analysis of the proposal and recommendation. Presents findings at public meetings.
  • Researches land use and zoning issues and proposes text amendments to the Comprehensive Plan, Development Code and Technical Manual. Coordinate proposed updates with colleagues in other divisions and departments. Present findings to elected officials and the public.
  • Demonstrates leadership by providing support to Planner Is and by identifying regulations in need of improvement.

How to Apply
Please send cover letter and resume to No phone calls please.