Planning Director

Lee County Board of Commissioners
Leesburg, Georgia

This is a full time, benefitted position serving as the department head for the Planning Department. The Director performs complex professional work, managing, directing, and supervising ensuring services are delivered at the highest possible level and services as the principal and chief planner for the County, directing development studies including land use and strategic planning, coordinating planning with external agencies. Manages daily operations and staff, inquiries from citizens and customers, produces and manages the department budget, oversees current and long-rang planning programs and the public hearing process, ensures that projects are accurately planned and constructed in accordance with the adopted codes and ordinances within the County.

Job Requirements

  • Assist the public with applications for land use, subdivisions and variances as well as review subdivision plans for setbacks, buffers and lot size.
  • Assist the public with inquires related to permits, plan reviews, soil erosion, and property complaints.
  • Interprets, explains, and ensures departmental compliance with all applicable codes, laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures; ensures adherence to established safety procedures; monitors work environment and use of safety equipment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals; initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations or violations.
  • Directs planning administration activities; develops and implements long and short range strategic plans for overall development of the County and Cities; develops comprehensive plans for the County and Cities; schedules, monitors, and supervises research, project development, and presentation of planning studies; develops and administers Lee County Hazard Mitigation Greenspace Program.
  • Directs zoning administration activities; coordinates final approval of developments in the County; prepares staff recommendation reports for zoning requests, variance requests, and conditional use requests; reviews and signs approved subdivisions; provides maps, ordinances, and other County/City information to the public and outside agencies; coordinates County-wide enforcement, including court action; reviews land development plans for compliance with zoning regulations, including landscape and parking requirements; reviews cell tower applications for the County and Cities.
  • Directs grant writing and special project administration; oversees and coordinates collection, analysis, and preparation of data projections; prepares a variety of reports for submission to federal/state agencies; prepares grant applications and administers approved grant programs; completes special projects as assigned.
  • Coordinates and oversees Planning Commission meetings.
  • Provides information and technical assistance regarding planning/zoning issues, comprehensive plan issues, code enforcement, future planning, procedures, documentation, fees, or other issues; responds to questions/complaints, researches problems, and initiates problem resolution.
  • Develops, updates, and implements departmental policies and procedures.
  • Prepares and submits departmental budget; monitors expenditures to ensure compliance with approved budget.
  • Receives, reviews, completes, processes, forwards or retains, as appropriate, various forms, reports, correspondence, logs, time sheets, job applications, purchase orders, invoices, budget reports, subdivision plats, construction plan reviews, rezoning applications, conditional use applications, variance applications, wireless communications facilities applications, building permit applications, streetlight installation applications, codes, ordinances, maps, polices, procedures, manuals, directories, reference materials, or other documentation.
  • Attends meetings, serves on committees, and make presentations as needed.
  • Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge of applicable laws/regulations; maintains an awareness of new trends and advances in the profession; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations; attends workshops and training sessions as appropriate.


  • Bachelor’s degree supplemented by five (5) years previous experience or equivalent education, and/or experience.
  • Must obtain and maintain valid American Planning Association certification, Georgia Planning Association certification, and Georgia Association of Zoning Administrators certification within one year of employment.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license.

Salary & Benefits
Salary dependent up qualifications
See website for benefits.

How to Apply

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Brandy Hoey
Human Resources Director
Phone: (229) 759-6000
Fax: (229) 759-0114

Website for more information.