Planner I

Forsyth County Government
Cumming, Georgia

Forsyth County is looking for a Planner I within the Long Range Planning Division. This role will support professional planning activities primarily associated with zoning condition amendments and County initiated application processing. In addition, special projects may also be assigned on an as needed basis.

  • Interprets and applies County codes, ordinances, and regulations pertaining to zoning, land use, and site development; researches code-related issues in code books as needed; initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations.
  • Provides information and technical assistance to citizens, property owners, land developers, contractors, architects, staff members, County officials, or other individuals/agencies regarding planning/zoning issues, land use issues, codes/ordinances, land development review procedures, site plan reviews, permits, fees, or other issues; responds to routine questions or complaints; researches problems and initiates problem resolution; assists the public at front counter with various issues.
  • Conducts review of land development permit applications, administrative variance applications , subdivision plats, architectural drawings, site plans, grading plans, elevations, legal descriptions, surveys, or other documentation for proposed projects; reviews development plans for new lots; reviews as-built drawings for certificates of occupancy; reviews applications for appeals/variances; meets with applicant, agents, or other parties as needed.
  • Determines whether proposed development complies with County codes/ordinances; prepares certificates of zoning compliance, recommends approval or denial of applications; prepares staff technical reviews, recommendations, and comments regarding proposed projects, approves subdivision plats for recording as legal document.

Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning or closely related field; supplemented by one (1) year previous experience and/or training involving urban planning, local/regional land use, zoning, land development plan review, site plan review, and personal computer operations; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license.

Salary & Benefits
$44,791.00 Annually

Benefits Provided by Forsyth County to Full-Time Employees

Personal Leave Accrual

0 – 1 Year – 12 days per year – 3.68 hours per pay period
1 – 4 Years – 20 days per year – 6.16 hours per pay period
5 – 14 Years – 25 days per year – 7.70 hours per pay period
15+Years – 30 days per year – 9.24 hours per pay period

Observed Holidays

New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving (2), and Christmas (2).

Medical Insurance

The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners offers employees a choice of two medical plans offered by Aetna and a plan offered by Kaiser Permanente.
Aetna Choice POS II – $2000 Individual Deductible (Basic Plan)
Aetna Choice POS II – $1000 Individual Deductible (Plus Plan)
Kaiser Permanente HMO- $0 Individual Deductible

Dental Insurance

The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners offers two dental plans from Guardian Dental:
Base $1,000 Plan
Buy-Up $1,500 Plan

Vision Insurance

The vision plan offered by Forsyth County Board of Commissioners is administered by Aetna and will offer office visit copays for exams, as well as copays for lenses, frames, and contacts.

Basic Life & AD&D Insurance
The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners recognizes the importance of basic life insurance for all of its employees. The Board provides term life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) protection for each full-time employee. This is a County-paid benefit.

Disability Insurance – Short Term and Long Term
100% paid by Forsyth County. Eligibility begins date of hire.

Short Term Disability – 60% of weekly earnings to a maximum of $1,000.00 a week. Eligibility begins 14 days after an accident or sickness and has a benefit period of 24 weeks.

Long Term Disability – 60% of monthly earnings to a maximum of $5,000.00 a month. Eligibility begins at 26 weeks to coordinate with the end of Short Term benefits and continues 24 months (Own Occupation).

Additional Life Insurance and AD&D
Rates vary based on amount of coverage selected. Additional life insurance may be purchased for employee, spouse, and children.

Retirement Plan (401K)

Fully vested at five years of employment – 20% graduated vesting annually. Eligible to begin contributions immediately upon hire.6 mos to 3 yrs – County matches 100% of a max 5% of employee gross contributions
3 yrs to 10 yrs – County contributes 5% of base salary & County matches 100% of a max of 5% of gross employee contributions
Over 10 yrs – County contributes 5% base & County matches 100% of a max of 5% of gross employee contributions & County matches 50% of next 5% of gross employee contributions

How to Apply

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