Planning Coordinator

City of Bainbridge
Bainbridge, GA

This position is responsible for developing and administering planning and development activities for the City as well as Decatur County. This position is also responsible for the administration of the city’s zoning ordinance, the city and county land subdivision regulations, tree ordinance, historic preservation ordinance and storm water ordinance.


  • Develops short and long range plans; gathers, interprets and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations.
  • Administers all zoning, sign, and landscape ordinance and subdivision regulations.
  • Coordinates the review of subdivision plans and administration of subdivision regulations with developers, engineers, planning staff, other city and county employees, and the general public; prepares reports for presentation to the Planning Commission; assists staff in recording and maintaining minutes of Planning Commission, tree committee and historic preservation proceedings.
  • Reviews and prepares zoning reports in conjunction with the general public, various planners and other city and county employees; prepares reports and minutes for presentation to the Planning Commission, tree committee and historic preservation commission.
  • Reviews all special use, variance, zoning applications and site plans for compliance with the zoning and other related ordinances; conducts on-site inspections as needed.
  • Provides administrative support to the Planning Commission, tree committee and historic preservation commission by preparing the agenda, minutes of meetings, and all correspondence; serves on staff committees as assigned.
  • Drafts amendments to the zoning ordinance and subdivision regulations as required.
  • Ensures that land uses are located in proper zones and in compliance with zoning ordinances and the county comprehensive plan.
  • Inspects all signs for compliance with construction, location, and setback requirements.
  • Prepares zoning verification correspondence and answers public inquiries regarding zoning and subdivision issues; mediates complex disputes between parties.
  • Attends professional development workshops and conferences to stay abreast of economic
    development trends.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of planning, zoning, land use, and inspection.
  • Knowledge of the city’s and county planning related ordinances and subdivision regulations.
  • Skill in the use of a personal computer and word processing, spreadsheet, and database software
  • Skill in preparing and delivering public presentations.
  • Skill in reviewing site plans and subdivision plats.
  • Skill in public and interpersonal relations.
  • Skill in the use of such office equipment as a calculator, copier, facsimile machine, and
  • Skill in oral and written communication.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS: The Director assigns work in terms of very general instructions.
Work is reviewed for the nature and propriety of the final results.

GUIDELINES: Guidelines include relevant state and federal laws, the city zoning and county
planning ordinances, and building codes. These guidelines require judgment, selection, and
interpretation in application.

COMPLEXITY: The work consists of varied planning duties. The need to be sensitive to political
factors and legal issues contribute to the complexity of the work.

SCOPE AND EFFECT: The purpose of this position is to develop, coordinate, and implement a
comprehensive long-range plan for the county and city. Successful performance enhances the
growth and economic development of the county and city.

PERSONAL CONTACTS: Contacts are typically with co-workers, other city and county
employees, attorneys, real estate developers, engineers, architects, city and county officials and
department heads, business representatives, and building inspectors.

PURPOSE OF CONTACTS: Contacts are typically to give and exchange information, resolve
problems, provide services, and negotiate and settle matters.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is typically performed in an office.

SUPERVISORY AND MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITY: The position has direct supervision
over the permit technician (l)


  • Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of a
    baccalaureate degree in a course of study related to occupational field.
  • Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the work of subordinate positions to be able to
    answer questions and resolve problems, usually associated with one to three years’ experience or
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia for
    the type of vehicle or equipment operated.

Open until filled.