Planner III/Zoning Administrator

City of Sandy Springs
Sandy Springs, Georgia

Planner III/Zoning Administrator is a Senior Level Class position in the Planner series classification. The employee in this class performs a variety of advanced-level professional, supervisory and technical planning activities focusing on current planning activities. This person will function as the main zoning administrator to review residential and commercial site plans for consistency with zoning regulations. This position will process variance requests and requests for zoning map amendments (rezonings) and be the liaison to the Board of Appeals (BOA) and the Planning Commission (PC). Coordinate with the building division and site development division to comment on and approve site plans. Provides technical assistance to the public and other diverse audiences.

The Current Planner III has the following basic responsibilities:

  • Conducts research; prepares reports.
  • Evaluates site plans, Variances, and other proposals;
  • Conducts reviews of various development applications, including plats, permits, site plans, Variance requests, etc.;
  • Interprets and applies applicable state, county, and local codes, ordinances, and regulations.
  • Handles Variance cases; writes and presents formal and technical reports and correspondence; conducts Board of Appeals Meetings.
  • Maintains forms, records, reports, files, databases, spreadsheets, and logs to support work processes, following established systems and protocol.
  • Provides excellent customer service; skillfully handles inquiries; researches and responds to requests; serves as a Planner of the Day.
  • Demonstrates excellent organizational, verbal and interpersonal, research, time, and program management, and conflict management skills;
  • Demonstrates competency in managing multiple tasks, meeting deadlines, setting priorities, and determining objectives and strategies to achieve tasks;
  • Demonstrates understanding and application of general division and department policies, procedures, systems, and protocol.
  • Attends a substantial number of night meetings.
  • Handles Comprehensive Plan Character Area Map Amendment, Zoning Map Amendment (Rezoning), and Conditional Use Permit cases; interprets and applies applicable state, county, and local codes, ordinances, and regulations; writes and presents formal and technical reports and correspondence; conducts Planning Commission Meetings.
  • Assists with updates and maintenance of The Next Ten Comprehensive Plan, Development Code, etc.; assists with Text Amendments.
  • Oversees the Current Planning Team.
  • Performs other tasks as assigned.

Job Requirements

Intimate knowledge of Zoning Procedures Law (ZPL) is crucial and the ability to understand and apply zoning codes.

Master’s degree in City/Regional Planning, Public Administration or an equivalent field of graduate study. Three (3) years of public or private sector planning experience. Possession of, or ability to obtain, American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification.

Bachelor’s degree in planning, urban design, public policy, or related area of study in addition to four (4) years of planning experience or Master’s degree in planning or related area of study in addition to three (3) years of planning experience.

  • Well-developed knowledge of the principles and practices of planning.
  • Knowledge of a relevant specialization, such as land use planning, housing and community development, physical planning and design, or transportation planning; knowledge of or experience in community development and redevelopment.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of research and data collection.
  • Knowledge and demonstration of effective writing techniques.
  • Statistical, algebraic, or geometric knowledge and ability to apply such knowledge in practical situations.
  • Ability to review plans and apply Code provisions in order to determine compliance.
  • Intermediate or advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, as well as Internet applications, database management, and GIS.
  • Ability to work on several projects simultaneously and attend to details while keeping big-picture goals in mind.
  • Knowledge of office policies, procedures, systems, protocol, methods, and equipment.
  • Oral communication, interpersonal, and creative problem-solving skills; group facilitation skills for use in community meetings and workshops.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • AICP Certification is highly desirable.

Working Conditions

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties. Must be committed to a high standard of safety and be willing and able to comply with all safety laws, policies, and rules and to report and/or act on safety violations and potential safety violations to appropriate supervisory or management personnel. Must be available and willing to work on a full-time basis according to the assigned schedule and overtime (including daily, weekend, and holidays) as determined by management as necessary to meet division and department needs.

The employee will perform most duties in a typical office environment. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to approximately ten (10) pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. No out-of-town travel is required.

Salary & Benefits
$55,000 to $75,000

How to Apply

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