Planner I

City of Social Circle, GA
Social Circle, Georgia

The City of Social Circle is seeking a motivated individual for this entry level position that will provide the opportunity to learn and enhance their knowledge of permitting and licensure, planning and zoning, historic preservation, and GIS.

The Community Development Department of Social Circle is responsible for permits and licenses, long-range planning, zoning administration, historic preservation, and GIS Mapping. The Community Development Department houses the staff support for the Planning Commission, the Historic Preservation Commission, and the Tree Board.

  • Maintains a complete and thorough knowledge of the City’s Ordinances, Unified Development Code, and Erosion and Sediment Control for Georgia.
  • Encourages and promotes a culture of excellent customer service. Answers phones; provides accurate information and assistance related to zoning and general land development processes; refers to appropriate personnel when necessary.
  • Prepares responses to zoning verifications and performs verifications for occupational tax applications (business licenses).
  • Assists in interpreting and communicating Unified Development Code requirements, processes and standards to the general public and the development community.
  • Collects a variety of statistical data and prepares reports and maps on land use topics.
  • Assists in processing and preparing staff reports related to re-zoning, special use permits, annexations, variances, text amendments, and appeals.
  • Prepares and distributes Boards & Commissions agendas and packets; posts agendas and packets to the City website; e-mails agendas to media and attends meetings as required.
  • Prepares and ensures meeting minutes are signed and recorded per City’s requirements.
  • Prepares public hearing advertising notices and ensures publication.
  • Reviews development plans, rezoning, variance, and special use permit applications for completeness.
  • Reviews permit and license applications for completeness.
  • Assists in development plan review tracking and reporting.
  • Assists in research and drafting ordinance amendments.
  • Maintains and updates electronic and paper records in accordance with department retention policies.
  • Assists in processing open records requests.
  • Attends public hearings, evening and weekend meetings as needed
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the Community Development Director.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, architecture, public policy, or related area of study. A combination of education and experience may be applied.
  • Experience sufficient to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position, usually interpreted to require at least one year of related experience.
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Knowledge of development and planning principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of permit processing and plan review requirements in the State of Georgia.
  • Knowledge of development regulations concerning land use and environmental matters.
  • Knowledge of or related experience and ability to learn GIS system.
  • Knowledge of research, statistical analysis, and report preparation principles.
  • Knowledge of relevant federal, state and county laws, city ordinances, and department policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe reader.
  • Skill in maintenance of files and records.
  • Skill in problem solving.
  • Skills in prioritizing and planning work.
  • Skills in interpersonal relations.
  • Skills in oral and written communication.
  • Skills in office management.
  • Ability to perform a considerable volume of detailed work in a complex and disruptive environment.

Physical Demands / Work Environment

  • The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table or while intermittently sitting, standing, stooping, bending, crouching, or walking.
  • The work is typically performed in an office.
  • Ability to work independently.

Salary & Benefits
Salary Range: $47,000 – $62,000

  • Retirement – Georgia Municipal Employees’ Benefit System defined benefit plan.
  • Position covered by Social Security
  • 457B plan available.
  • Health Plan – City paid for employee through Cigna.
  • Dental Plan – City paid for employee through Ameritas Dental
  • Life Insurance – City paid for employee.
  • Short and Long-Term Disability through Standard
  • Vacation and Sick Leave Accrual
  • Vison through Ameritas
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)
  • 10 paid holidays annually
  • Annual Training Bonus
  • Additional benefits available through payroll deduction

How to Apply
Submit a resume and completed Employment Application via email or mailed to:

City of Social Circle
ATTN Teresa Duval, HR Specialist
P.O. Box 310 (USPS) or 166 N Cherokee Rd (UPS, FedEx, in person)
Social Circle, GA 30025