Historic Preservation, Urban Planner III

City of Atlanta Department of City Planning
Atlanta, Georgia

The City of Atlanta Department of City Planning (DCP) is committed to implementing Atlanta City Design and transforming Atlanta into the best possible version of itself. Adopted into the city charter in December 2017, Atlanta City Design articulates an aspiration for the future city that Atlantans can fall in love with, knowing that if people love their city, they will make better decisions about it.

The Office of Design of the Department of City Planning provides leadership for the physical design of the city. It accomplishes this through the design of physical plans for the logical organization of our future city, creation of vibrant public spaces that cultivate public life, and architectural guidance, including preservation, of high-quality buildings that contribute to a cohesive public realm. This work is framed by Atlanta City Design and driven by the desire to design a city for everyone in the most inclusive way possible.

The Urban Planner is responsible for supporting the successful implementation of Atlanta City Design, the City of Atlanta’s historic preservation program regulations, and policies, the responsibilities of the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, and the initiatives of the Office of Design. Duties at this level include, but are not limited to providing quality customer service to the stakeholders of Atlanta; ensuring that project applications, project design reviews, staff reports, enforcement actions, research projects, and open record requests are processed efficiently and in a timely manner; and performing administrative, analytical and technical functions in support of the development, implementation and monitoring of the City’s historic preservation and urban design programs, regulations, and policies.

This is a fully seasoned professional level capable of independently carrying out most assignments typical of the profession. This level would be attainable by multiple incumbents in a workgroup (not necessarily by all) but would not be an “automatic” promotional level.

Job Requirements

  • Design Review Processes and Atlanta Urban Design Commission Activities
    • Using the City’s historic preservation regulations, process and fully analyze design review applications for private sector residential, commercial, institutional, and mixed-use designs including neighborhood-focused single-family and commercial, as well as high-profile, multi-phase developments.
    • Complete Staff-level design reviews for renovations, maintenance work, and site work on all property types.
    • Provide design commentary for substantial City of Atlanta and Atlanta Public School capital projects.
    • Review proposed subdivisions for compliance with the City’s historic neighborhood design criteria in the Subdivision Ordinance.
    • Provide design and regulatory analysis to the Zoning Review Board, Board of Zoning Adjustment, and SAP processes.
    • Evaluate City public art installations and installation of public art on private property. Manage public engagement processes.
    • Resolve community, applicant, and inter-agency concerns, including enforcement of the historic preservation regulations.
  • Compliance with Federal Section 106 Regulations
    • Complete Section 106 design reviews for housing rehabilitation, commercial revitalization and demolition actions.
    • Advise City agencies on compliance with housing and community development projects.
    • Review a wide variety of project types/construction documents for NRHP eligibility and compliance with the Secretary of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation.
    • Implement programmatic/mitigation agreements on large-scale individual projects and multi-year federal programs.
    • Respond, as needed, to official information requests on behalf of the City.
  • Preservation Planning, Design, & Technical Assistance Programs
    • Support the designation of new Historic / Landmark districts and properties, including interaction with property owners, communities, and public officials.
    • Revise historic preservation/design regulations.
    • Provide strategic and technical assistance to the City’s historic and potentially historic neighborhoods and commercial areas.
    • Advise other City agencies and outside consultant teams on a full range of preservation issues.
    • Contribute to the success of the City’s Atlanta City Design, Historic Revitalization Strategy, Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP), and Capital Improvements Program (CIP) processes.
    • Participate in regional historic preservation activities.
    • Support National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) nominations.
    • Present the City’s historic preservation programs and initiatives to a wide variety of audiences, including elected officials and reviews boards.
  • General Office of Design / Departmental Programs
    • Assist with the process of establishing new zoning regulations for the City.
    • Attend public meetings as required such as the Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU), community association meetings, and meetings required for historic preservation and urban design initiatives.
    • Accept and intake applications and questions from internal and external customers for all planning-related topics as part of fulfilling the “Planner on Duty” and “Planner of the Month” responsibilities.
    • Participate in planning studies and reports in support of new and updated plans, programs and regulations.
    • Act as liaison between community groups, government agencies, developers and elected officials related to the City’s planning, development review, and historic preservation functions.
    • Provide information to the public regarding development regulations. Assist in resolving citizen and customer issues.
    • Conduct field evaluations and assessments.
    • Maintain planning documents, codes and related regulations for research, documentation and public access.
    • Use GIS to prepare maps, graphics, reports and related documents.
    • Coordinate with the City Attorney, building officials, Zoning Review Board, Board of Zoning Adjustment and other public officials in matters relating to historic preservation, urban design, general zoning and development in the City.

Salary & Benefits
Commensurate with experience

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