Planning and Zoning Specialist

Employer
City of Villa Rica
Villa Rica, GA

Description of Job / Position
This position acts as a staff reviewer on planning issues for the City of Villa Rica involving annexation, zoning and variance issues including but not limited to ordinance amendments, special use permits, variances and certificates of appropriateness; grants; and community development issues. Work is performed under the direct supervision of the Public Works Director.

Job Requirements

  • Reviews building permits, including review of site/development plans for local zoning requirements with other staff members. Reviews applications for variances, special use permits, subdivision and zoning changes; oversees zoning process including public posting of notices and signs; prepares application packets for the Planning Commission; Historic Preservation Commission; Board of Adjustments and Appeals; and the City Council consistent with the City code.
  • Identifies, inventories, and monitors non-conforming uses; makes recommendations to Public Works Director to amend ordinances as needed. Prepares reports on agenda items for the Department on zoning, annexation, and certificates of appropriateness, variances and related matters.
  • Maintains and updates the Official Zoning Map of Villa Rica and the Comprehensive Plan and its elements.
  • Assists the Historic Preservation Commission with building design, signage, and historical preservation in the City’s Historic Districts; assists the commission with “ordinary repair” letters to the citizens and the commission’s efforts for fund raising events as allowed by the Historic Preservation Ordinance.
  • Types correspondence, memoranda, agendas, minutes, reports, forms and ordinances, records and checks data; maintains office correspondence; prepares and types periodic and/or special reports.
  • Answers questions from the general public regarding plats, zoning, development regulations and general community information; acts as backup for the front office and phone coverage and assists the Public Works Director as needed.
  • Maintains and updates department website.
  • Prepares text amendments of various codes and ordinances when necessary.
  • Prepares PowerPoint presentations and conducts presentations to the Planning Commission and other boards as needed.
  • Completes special projects as directed by the Public Works Director and or City Manager.
  • Assists in the evaluations of Developments of Regional Impacts (DRI’s) and coordinates the City’s response to the State agencies and the Three Rivers and/or Atlanta RDC.
  • Coordinates projects with other departments and state agencies.
  • Prepares and makes presentations to the public (civic associations, home owner associations, professional group, etc.).
  • Responds to professionals and citizenry questions.
  • Attends meetings of Planning Commission; Historic Preservation Commission; Board Adjustments and Appeals; Tree Preservation Board and other regulatory boards created by the City as directed. Takes and transcribes oral dictation from audio tape; composes correspondence; prepares agendas and official minutes of meetings as required.
  • Attends Mayor and Council meeting when requested.
  • Assists in updating the City’s Comprehensive Plan.
  • Researches and prepares amendments and updates to all planning related documents.
  • Attends professional meetings, seminars and training classes.
  • Performs other related duties as directed, required, or which are obvious.

Knowledge Required by Position:

  • Knowledge of principles and practices of urban, regional and community planning; Knowledge of terminology and methodology used in the planning profession;
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques of economic and industrial development; Knowledge of City of Villa Rica, Carroll County and State of Georgia development regulations, ordinances, zoning and land-use policies;
  • Knowledge of applicable City codes and ordinances, geographical layout, zoning classification, and definitions, including the: Zoning Ordinance, Sign Ordinance, and Development Regulations;
  • Knowledge of governmental regulatory codes and construction methods pertaining to infrastructure development and building construction; Knowledge of basic techniques of residential and commercial construction and construction management;
  • Knowledge of personal computers, general use software (word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, publishing, etc.), financial software and Geographic Information System (GIS);
  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, county, and city laws, ordinances, rules and regulations (including Georgia Open Records and Open Meetings requirements);
  • Knowledge of city and departmental policies, procedures, directives, rules and regulations; Knowledge of the geography, road network, public buildings, and emergency facilities of the city;
  • Knowledge of Comprehensive Plans and updates to the Plan;
  • Experience with zoning ordinance re-writes;
  • Experience overseeing Planned Developments;
  • Experience in a Tax Allocation District (TAD) redevelopment;
  • Knowledge of Downtown Revitalization plans

Supervisory Controls: This position reports to the Public Works Director
Guidelines: Guidelines include city and departmental policies and procedures; State of Georgia Sunshine Law
Work Environment: The work is typically performed in an office.
Supervisory and Management Responsibility: None, except as directed or in the absence of the Director.

Minimum Qualifications: Any combination of experience, training, and education, which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of the job, will be considered.

  • Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, urban/environmental design or related field from an accredited college or university required, Master’s degree preferred; and
  • Five to seven years of professional-experience in planning, community development, or related work in the public or private sector; and
  • Ability to prepare routine correspondence and write clear, complete, concise, accurate, comprehensive and effective reports in a timely manner;
  • Professional certification with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is preferred.

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